Jimmy Mezei: Close Your Eyes and Dive In
People who mispronounce his last name say Mezzy, his father-in-law nicknamed him Ponyboy, and we call him Sweet Jimmy because he keeps everything fresh and light, never salty or bitter. I recently spent time with Brooklyn artist Jimmy Mezei as he installed a new two-story mural of gestural lines and wooden shapes inspired by nature’s lines, a metaphor for new opportunity, which also fits his growing foray into large-scale work. On breaks from this installation at Facebook, he was off to every local museum in San Francisco, studying up on the masters. After a treacherous day on a scissor lift, drilling art shapes into concrete, and somehow making these heavy planks look delicate on the wall, he sent me a very succinct message: “It’s mainly about process and how you can use it as a tool for discovery.” Ponyboy is on point, and he’s about to live larger than ever.
August 17, 2017