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Jeff Myers

ARTIST BIOGRAPHYJeff Myers

Jeff Myers was born in Sacramento California. Due to dyslexia, Myers struggled greatly in the public education system and had to create his own path for learning. This entailed taking many college art courses and spending many hours with working artists such as Sacramento artist Wayne Thiebaud, who remains a close friend to this day. Following this unique educational path has resulted in a rich foundation for many original subtleties in Myers' work.  Myers staged two exhibitions of “The Undercurrent Project” in the cavernous Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center in Brooklyn, New York before eventually moving back to Northern California, where the vision of vast spaces and the people who worked the land contrasted greatly with the New York environment. Thus was born “The Land Series” in painting and “The Boyden Series” in digital photography. Both series deal with the great contrasts, and yet critical links, between the frenetic digitized urban consciousness and the quiet stillness of agricultural land. Antiquated farm machinery became a starting point. “The tractors and threshers seem to be the holders of secrets, much like a Zen koan.” Through the use of reverse perspective, Myers layers cities such as Tokyo or New York around and within the giant machines. This interaction creates a type of hybrid Ag/Urban metaphor.  Myers's paintings and photographs have been published and written about over seventy times nationally and locally. Myers continues to exhibit across the country and is developing a national following.

 Tractor Levitation

Artwork description: “Tractor Levitation” is a life-size tractor clad with aluminum. The aluminum is printed with farmland images taken by Myers from an airplane. The clad tractor sits on top of a rectangular pedestal and is surrounded by landscape. The process for transferring the images to aluminum is called dye sublimation, a state of the art process in which photo images are heat treated into the metal. The process is designed for the out of doors; however, a UV protective coating must be applied every four years to prevent the images from fading. The images come from two series of work Myers created after he returned to California from New York, where the vision of vast spaces and the people who worked the land contrasted greatly with the New York environment. Titled, “the Land Series” and “the Boyden Series,” both bodies of work deal with the great contrasts, and yet critical links, between the frenetic digitized urban consciousness and the quiet stillness of agricultural land. Antiquated farm machinery became a starting point. “The tractors and threshers seem to be the holders of secrets, much like a Zen koan,” says Myers. Using reverse perspective, Myers layers cities such as Tokyo or New York around and within the giant machines. This interaction creates a type of hybrid ag/urban metaphor.

Tractor Levitation

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