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The Handheld Universe

Vielmetter Los Angeles

Nov 18 2023 – Jan 27 2024

1700 S Santa Fe Ave #101, Los Angeles, CA 90021

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“My work is a contemporary feminist lens into the unseen world of molecules and atoms, the laws that govern their interaction, coupled with the exposure to ideas concerning scientific experimentation within the notion that everything is a combination of something else.”

Amy Myers 2024

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.

Rebecca McGrew, Senior Director Vielmetter Los Angeles, 2023