'What Used To Be', 48 x 74 inches | Signed, verso, Andrew Myers.
Mixed-Media: Over 7,500 Individually painted screws, oil, ink, newsprint collage on wood.
Representing the culmination of years of experimentation using hard, angular mediums to express soft textures, “What Used to be”, is a capstone work for artist Andrew Myers. The masterful use of shadow and subtle variations in tone create a wonderful optical illusion: when viewed from even a short distance away, the shirt appears to be made of actual fabric, not 7,500 plus steel screws.
Beyond the playful interplay between hard and soft, and light and shadow, the piece acts as a commentary on the toil, mask wearing, and unsung sacrifices inherent in modern society. Just like chinks in a warrior’s armor, every wrinkle in the shirt tells a story; a subtle observation on refocusing one’s vitalities by the commentary of the two fans; one, in-motion (generating progress) and the other standing still (stagnating) as an interplay on life.This “every man” concept is furthered by the paintings background, constructed with original French newspapers dating from the early 1900s.