Karen Ann Myers
Karen Ann Myers (b. 1984, Grand Rapids, Mich.) had her most recent solo exhibition at Scoop Studios in Charleston, S.C. Others were at Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles, Calif.; South Carolina State University in Orangeburg; Commonwealth Gallery, Boston, Mass.; the Lansing (Mich.) Art Gallery; and Gallery 113, East Lansing, Mich. Her work has been included in group exhibitions in South Carolina, Georgia, Washington, DC, New York, Massachusetts and Michigan. Myers earned a BFA in art education, graphic design and painting at Michigan State University, East Lansing. She completed her MFA in painting at Boston University, Boston, Mass. She is the former executive director of Charleston’s Redux Contemporary Art Center. Myers lives in Charleston. She is the assistant director of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, where she is an adjunct professor in the art department.
Statement of support:
The paintings of Karen Ann Myers explore the contours of female desire in a sex-saturated, pattern-rich contemporary feminist milieu steeped in ennui and longing. Her subjects often confront the viewer with a powerful, confident gaze made all the more jarring by the sexualized context. Using the flattened painterly space as a metaphor, Myers presents myriad aspects of feminine agency with an unsettling clarity. In a sense, she is providing a personal glimpse into interior worlds normally reserved for fiction.
Mark Sloan, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston