Jef Meyer

1989 (Antwerp, Belgium)

Jef Meyer mainly works with concrete, his favorite material. During the preparation process he experiments with shapes, types of sand, different layers and pigments. In this way he deliberately creates reliefs, figures and structures in his work.¬†Depending on which types of sand he combines, he determines the final drawings and color nuances and shows the versatility of his material. The game between a delicate shine and a matt effect, light and shadow, also occurs during the creation. This creates a subtle movement. Sometimes his works seem almost marble and many people think it is polished afterwards, but no post-processing is involved.¬†Everything that develops organically during the process, such as irregularities or cracks, is part of his work. The concrete retains its uncompromising character.¬†The work of Jef Meyer is influenced by brutalism and minimal art. That is why the environment is also important and decisive. Sometimes the work does not come in a frame, so that the wall or the space functions as a frame. As a result, Meyer’s oeuvre is located somewhere between sculpture, painting and architecture.