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Timothy Paul Myers on the Absence of Color in Grey Felt

You can’t help but wonder, who sat in the chair in artist Timothy Paul Myers’ expansive, installation Grey Felt? Did they have a penchant for reading and possibly pistachios, as the grey shells strewn about the floor indicate? Grey Felt is like a snapshot from a dream. Felt lilies, sunflowers and roses explode from the fireplace and pour out onto the floor, while books, bottles and boxes pile up around the room. Every time you look at it, you might find a new detail—such as the lint roller on the mantel, ironically covered in felt.

“It is a simple play on the absence of color,” Myers said of the piece. “The objects are the actual objects wrapped in felt, and I just kind of thought it would be beautiful.”

The site-specific installation for Sew What? strays a bit from Myers typical oeuvre. He likes to work with found objects, but for this piece decided to focus on creating a representation of a room, void of all color. Keeping in mind the setting of CMA, Myers wanted to create a piece that would interest and inspire kids to think outside the box. Presenting the objects in grey, he said, will hopefully lead visitors to experience them in a different way than they normally would. As for what excites Myers about showing his work in a children’s museum? “Everything. After showing in New York for the last 12 or 13 years, this is really exciting!”

Often changing materials from one work to the next, Myers keeps his practice varied. He likes to think of himself as a fairly chaotic abstract artist, but says somehow his work usually turns out very controlled, much like Grey Felt. Found objects have always inspired him; as a child, he liked to dismantle beat-up radios and rebuild them in new ways.

 

Myers, a father as well as an artist, credits his eight-year-old son as one of his most remarkable inspirations. “He sees things in a way that I might have but I can’t remember, so it sparks this wonderful, youthful curiosity.”

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