When Myers was growing up in Adelaide, Australia, he loved going to the local dump, where he would collect discarded objects from other people’s trash. “My father still talks about how I used to bring home beat-up, broken radios, take them apart, and then try to build them back together in new ways, in different configurations that were more interesting to me,” Myers recalls. Now a Brooklyn-based artist, Myers still scours thrift shops, flea markets and sidewalk rubbish for new material to reorder into multi-media works.
Methodical repetition and grid-like arrangements of found materials are prominent in Myers’s work. He incorporates a lot of vintage ephemera such as old postcards, trading cards and lithographs. These are then layered onto other unusual media such as White Out tape and colour swatches. There is a sense of unexpected delight in Myers’s work, where seemingly disparate elements are juxtaposed against one another. These unexpected components are then painstakingly arranged and presented in large and small-format grids.
Myers’ exhibition “From Parts and Pieces” is on display at MiCK gallery from 27 August to 29 September.