• Amy Myers: Spectral Bond, Light as Spiral at McKenzie Fine Art

    The Ultraviolet Underground-PT1, 2015 Graphite, gouache, pastel and conté crayon on paper 92 x 104 inches
    The Ultraviolet Underground-PT1, 2015, graphite, gouache, pastel and conté crayon on paper, 92 x 104 inches

    Amy Myers Spectral Bond, Light as Spiral at McKenzie Fine Art (7)The large-scale drawings by Amy Myers are affixed, unframed and raw, to the wall. The works are comprised of multiple sheets of paper, the small seams throughout adding an unrefined quality to their aesthetic. Each work features an intricate mass of shapes and forms that reverberate and fuse simultaneously in pulsating, abstracted patterns. It seems that the compositions capture a moment of transformation; natural forms shown through a stylized lens, alive, arabesque.

    The exhibition’s two largest pieces are featured in the front of the gallery, facing one another from opposite walls. Their forms seem to communicate, speaking through a mesmerizing dance. The drawings are vertically oriented; the one entitled “Genesis of Language, Gellman’s Dream” seems to be caught in mid-rotation, rings of white flare up like a skirt mid-twirl, a wispy tail of orange sweeps out as if caught by centrifugal force and flung off into space. The other piece, “The Ultraviolet Underground-PT1,” reflects the undulating, vertical shape of its counterpart, but while the optical weight rested in the center of “Genesis,” this piece feels bottom heavy. A dark mass pulls the composition down to the bottom of the paper; fine black transparent lines curve outwards as if bending with weight.

    Amy Myers Spectral Bond, Light as Spiral at McKenzie Fine Art (1)

    Spin Zero, 2014 Graphite, gouache, pastel and conté crayon on paper 65 x 67 inches
    Spin Zero, 2014, Graphite, gouache, pastel and conté crayon on paper, 65 x 67 inches

    Beyond the front room, I found the piece “Spin Zero” hanging above the stairs. I immediately thought of a dandelion just as a gust of wind has swept away all its seeds. However, rather than portray the flower itself, it is as if Myers has stripped it down to a display of biological processes—a system caught in motion, a cycle that has been put on pause so we can examine its every aspect.

    “Spin Zero” and Myers’ other works appear unfinished, but rather than seeming incomplete, they establish the sense that we are witnessing the functioning of natural mechanics, a reaction that has yet to reach completion. Each work is an abstraction on the brink—the mind works to make connections, to create a semblance of reality from the twisting curvature. There is a sense of recognition of natural forms in the works, however alien the configurations may be.

    Leaving the gallery, I realized that Myers had introduced me to a new example of the glorification of process, both in medium and in subject. I felt entranced.

     

    Amy Myers: Spectral Bond, Light as Spiral

    McKenzie Fine Art Inc.

    55 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

    September 9 – October 11, 2015

     

    Written by Madeleine Mermall

    Photographs provided by the gallery and the artist.

     Origin of Quantrametronics, 2015 Graphite, gouache, pastel and conté crayon on paper 52 x 62 inches
    Origin of Quantrametronics, 2015, graphite, gouache, pastel and conté crayon on paper, 52 x 62 inches
    Close up to one of Amy Myers pieces
    Close up to one of Amy Myers’ pieces

    Amy Myers Spectral Bond, Light as Spiral at McKenzie Fine Art (6)

    The Ultraviolet Underground-PT1, 2015 Graphite, gouache, pastel and conté crayon on paper 92 x 104 inches
    Genesis of Language, Gellman’s Dream, 2015, graphite, gouache, pastel and conté crayon on paper 64 3/4 x 93 inches
    Another close up to Amy Myers work
    Another close up to Amy Myers’ work
    Madeleine Mermall

    Madeleine Mermall

    Madeleine Mermall is a recent Honors graduate from New York University with a B.A. in Art History and Creative Writing. Madeleine's primary interests are Post-Modern and Contemporary Art and the international art market.

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