02
Jan

Psyche in the Bedroom

burnaway“The bedroom is a hallowed, shrine-like environment for the women in Karen Ann Myers’s work. These paintings and prints, on view in her show In Her Bedroom, at Georgia College Museum in Milledgeville through December 13, convey intimate, vulnerable moments of young models against highly textured, detailed backgrounds of bedding, wallpaper, and everyday objects. Candy-bright quilts and wallpaper seem to vibrate behind young models like auras—extensions of the women themselves.­”

Words by: Ivy Williams, Contributing Writer, Burnaway

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25
Jun

Kare Ann Myers

“My bedroom, and more specifically my bed, has always been an important physical space. It’s interesting to note that the women in my paintings were not captured in their own bedrooms, but were actually documented in my bed. The rooms in my paintings do not exist and are fantasies of rooms I wish I had. I collage all my reference photographs together to create many combinations of bedrooms that hold objects that are significant to me.”

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24
Jun

SOUTHERN ARTISTRY: Charleston, SC’s Contemporary Art Scene Comes Into It’s Own

“Some of the City’s most exciting new artwork can be found at Robert Lange Studios. This month (February), Robert Lange Studios will feature the work of figurative painter Karen Ann Myers in the show “Mouthful of Diamonds”. “Myers’ work is a contemporary update of traditional portraiture,” gallery owner Megan Aline says. “It continues to exceed the expectations of collectors.” The paintings in “Mouthful of Diamonds” are studies of young women in the bedroom, and explore the hyper-sexuality of femininity.”

Words by: Elizabeth Pandolfi, Contributing Writer, Art & Antiques

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24
May

Pillow Talk

“Karen Ann Myers may be the assistant director of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, but her own career as a contemporary artist is also taking off—last year, she was named one of Oxford American magazine’s “100 Under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art.” With an MFA in painting and women’s studies coursework under her belt, she’s become known for tackling topics of femininity and identity in her portraits of scantily clad young women in their bedrooms.”

Words by: Katie Hurst, Contributing Writer, Charleston Magazine

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25
Apr

Mouthful of Diamonds

“Karen Ann Myers’ paintings represent both the external and internal worlds that she inhabits. For her, a painting is more than just pigment on a canvas. It is a visual diary, a way to document one’s life. Her new series, titled Mouthful of Diamonds, juxtaposes female models in specific poses with geometric patternings and designs.”

Words by: Joshua Rose, Editor, American Art Collector

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14
Feb

Diamond in the Rough

“Although Myers still paints a single self-portrait ever year “as documentation of growing and maturing,” she now enlists friends as models to pose in her own bedroom. Her home studio on the Eastside is filled with aerial-view paintings of scantily clad, reclining girls wrapped in blankets or quilts, gazing out into space. Their surroundings are sparse, brightened by rugs, wallpaper, and bedding in clashing geometric prints. The women are often curled up into child-like poses, clutching their stomachs or their blankets in a protective way. There’s an introspective, intimate feel to each piece, with a sexual undercurrent.”

Words by: Erica Jackson Curran, Associate Editor, Charleston City Paper

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24
Dec

Visual Artist Profile

“Myers will unveil Mouthful of Diamonds this February, a technically drastic departure from her work that we’ve seen previously, usually based in organic, floral shapes, and flattened planes of color. This new work retains the focus on a single female figure in a room, but now features crisp geometric patterns, specifically diamonds, and a greater emphasis on perspective, rendering shapes with sharp, precise detail.“

Words by: Stacy Huggins, Editor, Art Mag

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08
Dec

In the Studio: Process of a Painting with Karen Ann Myers

“Karen Ann Myers’ series of scantily clad, young females rest on their beds, but seem unrested and uneasy.  They look to the viewer in a confrontational and semi-seductive manner, as if being photographed or watched voyeuristically—thus positioning the viewer in an awkward role as the voyeur getting a glimpse into or playing an active role in the intimate space of these young women.

Her subjects have been described as “troubled figures” and “virginal lovelies,” though honestly, to me, they quite poignantly and sharply depict young adults.  Isn’t that what your later teenage and twenty-something years are?  Awkward, sexual, daring, shameful, richly emotional, and totally complex… and Myers captures all of this quite accurately, beautifully, and seamlessly.  There is a quietness in her compositions, despite the loudness of the geographic textiles, wooden floors, and colored walls.  And it is a pleasure to explore them all.” 

Words by: Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor

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06
Aug

Interview with Karen Ann Myers

“We sat down with our August Artist of the Month, Karen Ann Myers, to discuss Hitchcock, dream jobs, and how she constructs such beautiful patterns and interior spaces…”

Interview with: Sara Kitaeff, Core Event Contributor, Glovebox

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19
Jun

Southern Issue #100

“Karen Ann Myers’s anxious, troubled figures are seen from above as they toss in their beds – a Hitchcockian point of view that signals a sort of existential helplessness amplified by the walled confines and oppressive patterning of the rooms.”

Words by: Michael Rooks, Curator of Contemporary Art, High Museum

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Karen Ann Myers