Andrew Myers’ artwork is drawing-based with elements of installation, printmaking and sculpture. The modular and accretive large-scale drawings interact with the exhibition space and engage the viewer by becoming part of the environment. Integral to Myers’ work is the hand-made mark and the physical evidence and visual history of the artist’s hand. The concepts of Place, Home and Isolation and the conservation and preservation of wild places and creatures are themes that permeate his work. Inspired by his upbringing in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, specifically the Blue Mountains of northeast Oregon, these are themes that have carried through his work on a continuous basis.
Where-wolf is a series of large installation-style drawing constructions inspired by the story of OR-7, the grey wolf that traveled across the state of Oregon in search of a mate, and explores the concepts of isolation, loneliness, exploration and place. OR-7 is a two-year-old grey wolf from the Imnaha pack of wolves that was reintroduced to the northwest. In the fall of 2011 OR-7 became the first wolf confirmed west of the Cascades since 1947. In 2014, against all odds, OR-7 found a mate and with the addition of new pups has formed the Rogue Pack in Oregon’s southern Cascade Range. This development continues to inspire the Where-wolf series.
The subtitle for each piece indicates the location of installation, referencing the idea of “place” with the intention of creating a map of the drawing’s “travels” and “places” similar to the map generated from the information gathered from OR-7’s tracking collar.
Andrew Myers’ artwork is drawing-based with elements of installation and sculpture. This large-scale work interacts with the exhibition space and engages the viewer by becoming part of the environment. Integral to Myers’ work is the hand-made mark and the physical evidence and visual history of the artist’s hand. The concepts of Place and Home, conservation and preservation are themes that permeate his work. Printmaking has also become a large part of Myers’ studio practice.
Andrew Myers’ work has been showcased in Art in America, the Portland Modern, Portlandart.net, Creative Quarterly, The Daily Barometer and the Eugene Weekly. Myers is also part of the viewing program at the Drawing Center in New York.
Myers currently teaches drawing at Oregon State University. Myers received an MFA from Portland State University in 2003.