Amy Myers - Atomic Cosmologies

AMY MYERS: Atomic Cosmologies
June 7 – July 12, 2014

With her incredibly detailed, large-scale drawings, Amy Myers constructs whole worlds that unfold before and surround the viewer.  Created with a dry palette of graphite, gouache, and conté crayon on paper, the works feature biomorphic forms drawn from the worlds of physics, science fiction, anatomy, and horticulture.  Inspired by the studies of her physicist father, Myers’ drawings read as mappings of complex systems, at times as tiny as molecular structures and at others as immeasurable as space itself. 

The works also reference the artist’s process and the physical act of drawing, as Myers makes sweeping gestures with her arms to create arcs of pathways that extend across the picture plane.  More concentrated mark making and erasures on the paper reveal textured areas with intense, rich color.  Within drawings such as Spin 2 Particle, the artist communicates a fundamental concept of her work, namely that all particles have the potential to combine and become something else.  In addition to the large works, Myers will also include five smaller drawings in the exhibition.  With these pieces, Myers attempts to explore the hidden dimensions of space with compositions even more dense and complex.  As she states, “I want to compound complexity and spin it like never before.” 

Born in Taylor, Texas, Amy Myers received her B.F.A from the Kansas Art Institute and her M.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL.  Myers’ artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions at museums and art spaces across the country, including the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Georgia; the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, California; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the San Jose Museum of Art, California; and the Biagiotti Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy.  Myers’ drawings can be found in the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California, and University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach, California.