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Amy Myers

The HandHeld Universe

November 18, 2023January 27, 2024

Gallery III

This image illustrates a link to the exhibition titled Amy Myers: The HandHeld Universe

Press Release

Installation photo credit: Jeff McLane

Opening Reception: November 18, 4–6PM

Vielmetter Los Angeles is pleased to announce The HandHeld Universe, Amy Myers’s solo exhibition with the gallery, featuring the artist’s recent monumental drawings and paintings that reference biology, mathematics, particle physics, philosophy, and altered states of consciousness.

The finely executed drawings and, most recently, oil paintings, form loosely symmetrical networks of structures and systems of activity that shift in perspective and scale. The title, The HandHeld Universe, references Myers’s intensive tool-based creative process—pencils and brushes, graphite and oil—and her exploration of the slippage between the sublime vastness of cosmic scale and the intricate realm of sub- atomic particles.

For Myers, an artist comfortable with the unpredictability and interconnectedness of nature and the universe, all matter—particles like atoms and molecules—are in constant transmutation and are inherently beautiful. She finds beauty in the harmonious organization of mathematical equations and particle physics theorems and seeks to represent these systems with color, light, and line. The symmetrical dynamism also alludes to the processes of consciousness that in turn lead the artist to depict her interpretations of interior bodily processes like circulatory and neurological systems and exterior states of perception and integration.

Myers’s newest work references both processualism—a philosophical theory which states that change is continuous, simultaneous, and without a finite endpoint—and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s theory of colors—the exploration of the psychological impact of different colors on mood and emotion. The resulting paintings showcase dynamic shifts of light and mood, and explosive movement and transformation. A long-time user of graphite, her transition to oil allowed her to harness light and luminescence, as seen in 2023’s A Hydromelodic Event, where translucent layers of pigment reflect light in an ethereal glow radiating infinite energy. Other works like Phase Transition in Pink (2023) return to graphite and gouache to explore an earthy pulsing central axis that emanates luminous layers of color toward the work’s edge. Here, the two distinct palettes of vivid blues and pinks surrounding the ochres and umbers in the ghostly core respond to Goethe’s study of the interplay of darks and lights and convey a simultaneous collapse and expansion of energy and mood.

Amy Myers (b. 1965, Austin, TX) is based in New York and this is her second exhibition at Vielmetter Los Angeles. Previous exhibitions include Wayne State University, Detroit; Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas; The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA; Sweeney Art Museum, California State University, Riverside, CA; Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA; Mary Boone Gallery, New York; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA;  Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College, Claremont, CA; Danese Gallery, New York; Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; The Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC; Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco; and Gallery Momo, Tokyo, Japan. Myers has received numerous grants and residencies, including The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Award, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Maison Dora Maar, Yaddo, and The American Academy in Rome. Her work resides in the public collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland, KS; Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY; Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, UT; and Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA; among others. Publications that have cited her work include The New York Times, ARTFORUM, Hyperallergic, ARTnews, Art in America, and BOMB.

Amy Myers
“Sublimation No.8,” 2023
Oil on Arches Cover Black Paper
82 ¹⁄₂" x 70" [HxW] (209.55 x 177.8 cm)
Inventory #MYE1002
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Amy Myers titled "Sublimation No.8." This artwork was created in 2023 and measures 82 ¹⁄₂" x 70" [HxW] (209.55 x 177.8 cm). Its medium is Oil on Arches Cover Black Paper.
Amy Myers
“Red Field Dissolution,” 2023
Graphite, gouache, conte, pastel on Rives BFK Heavyweight Paper
116" x 108" [HxW] (294.64 x 274.32 cm)
Inventory #MYE1006
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Amy Myers titled "Red Field Dissolution." This artwork was created in 2023 and measures 116" x 108"  [HxW] (294.64 x 274.32 cm). Its medium is Graphite, gouache, conte, pastel on Rives BFK Heavyweight Paper.
Amy Myers
“Derac Vedam II,” 2022
Oil on canvas
60" x 60" [HxW] (152.4 x 152.4 cm)
Inventory #MYE1007
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Amy Myers titled "Derac Vedam II." This artwork was created in 2022 and measures 60" x 60" [HxW] (152.4 x 152.4 cm). Its medium is Oil on canvas.
Amy Myers
“A Hydromelodic Event,” 2023
Oil on canvas
60" x 60" [HxW] (152.4 x 152.4 cm)
Inventory #MYE1003
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Amy Myers titled "A Hydromelodic Event." This artwork was created in 2023 and measures 60" x 60" [HxW] (152.4 x 152.4 cm). Its medium is Oil on canvas.
Amy Myers
“Phase Transition in Pink,” 2023
Graphite, gouache, conte, pastel on Rives BFK Heavyweight Paper
78" x 90 ¹⁄₂" [HxW] (198.12 x 229.87 cm)
Inventory #MYE1001
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Amy Myers titled "Phase Transition in Pink." This artwork was created in 2023 and measures 78" x 90 ¹⁄₂" [HxW] (198.12 x 229.87 cm). Its medium is Graphite, gouache, conte, pastel on Rives BFK Heavyweight Paper.
Amy Myers
“Red Giant Between the Sun and Earth,” 2008
Graphite, gouache and conte on Arches Cover Black Paper
120" x 132" [HxW] (304.8 x 335.28 cm)
Inventory #MYE1009
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Amy Myers titled "Red Giant Between the Sun and Earth." This artwork was created in 2008 and measures 120" x 132"  [HxW] (304.8 x 335.28 cm). Its medium is Graphite, gouache and conte on Arches Cover Black Paper.
Amy Myers
“Processualism Engendered,” 2023
Oil on linen
94" x 84" [HxW] (238.76 x 213.36 cm)
Inventory #MYE1000
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Amy Myers titled "Processualism Engendered." This artwork was created in 2023 and measures 94" x 84" [HxW] (238.76 x 213.36 cm). Its medium is Oil on linen.
Amy Myers
“Twin Spinning,” 2023
Graphite, gouache, conte and pastel on Arches Cover Black Paper
80" x 59" [HxW] (203.2 x 149.86 cm)
Inventory #MYE1005
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Amy Myers titled "Twin Spinning." This artwork was created in 2023 and measures 80" x 59" [HxW] (203.2 x 149.86 cm). Its medium is Graphite, gouache, conte and pastel on Arches Cover Black Paper.
Amy Myers
“The Handheld Universe,” 2019
Oil on linen
25" x 24" [HxW] (63.5 x 60.96 cm)
Inventory #MYE1012
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Amy Myers titled "The Handheld Universe." This artwork was created in 2019 and measures 25" x 24" [HxW] (63.5 x 60.96 cm). Its medium is Oil on linen.
Amy Myers
“Initial String, Untethered,” 2019
Oil on canvas
72" x 72" [HxW] (182.88 x 182.88 cm)
Inventory #MYE1008
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Amy Myers titled "Initial String, Untethered." This artwork was created in 2019 and measures 72" x 72" [HxW] (182.88 x 182.88 cm). Its medium is Oil on canvas.
Amy Myers
“Silviuniverse,” 2019
Oil on canvas
72" x 72" [HxW] (182.88 x 182.88 cm)
Inventory #MYE1010
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Amy Myers titled "Silviuniverse." This artwork was created in 2019 and measures 72" x 72" [HxW] (182.88 x 182.88 cm). Its medium is Oil on canvas.
Amy Myers
“Initial Hostess,” 2022
Oil and graphite on Linen
13" x 15 ¹⁄₂" [HxW] (33.02 x 39.37 cm)
Inventory #MYE1011
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by Amy Myers titled "Initial Hostess." This artwork was created in 2022 and measures 13" x 15 ¹⁄₂" [HxW] (33.02 x 39.37 cm). Its medium is Oil and graphite on Linen.