New American Paintings and Narrative Fragments

I was recently invited to participate in the group exhibition entitled Narrative Fragments, at Quidley & Company Fine Art in Boston, MA. The exhibition will be on view September 22 – October 22, 2012. 

Narrative Fragments, includes approximately 30 paintings by 20 artists who convey narrative content in their work through a synthesis of representational subject matter and the materiality and application of their medium. Narrative art is at that attempts to tell a story, whether true or fictitious. Much of Western art has been narrative, depicting stories from religion, myth, history and literature. We are familiar with the idea that a story should have a beginning, middle and end. The crucial dilemma for artists is how to convey complex figurative works that depict grand story arcs, while compressing a multitude of thoughts, nuance, ideas and emotions into a static singular image.

In the painting, I decided to place New American Paintings Issue #100 on the nightstand. I thought this was a perfect opportunity to highlight the publication I’m featured in, especially since the painting will be exhibited in Boston (where New American Paintings is published). This painting also represents a sort of homecoming for my work, since it has been almost four years since I have lived in Boston.

Karen Ann Myers