Linn Meyers

linn meyers's most recent series of paintings continue her deep engagement with the power and presence of the individual mark, and invite the viewer to acknowledge the artist’s body as the laboring force behind these painstakingly rendered works. Made up of thousands of meticulously ordered hand-drawn lines and ecstatic arrangements of dots, meyers’s paintings point to diagrammatic visual languages outside the traditional scope of fine art such as topographical maps, cosmological charts, or psychological landscapes that seek an order or logic to chaotic phenomenon. And yet, a reminder that paintings archive the traces and actions of their maker, meyers’s paintings turn lines into drags, dots into touches, each one a record of the constellations of decisions, mistakes, tensions, and interventions that adhere to each mark. While meyers’s new body of work is not narrative in a traditional sense, these paintings hold together the monumental and microscopic forces and feelings that creation, labor, and daily experience all share and ask us as viewer to unfurl those layers in discordant simultaneity.

-- Dr. Jordan Amirkhani, Curator, Rivers Institute for Contemporary Art and Thought, New Orleans, LA


linn meyers’s paintings, drawings, and site-specific works have been shown in public and private venues, including The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan, The Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, DC, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, The Drawing Center, NYC, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, Sandra Gering Inc, NYC, Jason Haam, Seoul, South Korea, ParisConcret, Paris, France, and The Bowdoin Museum, Brunswick, ME, among others.

meyers is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, The Pollock Krasner Award, a Santo Foundation award, and six DC Commission on the Arts grants. She has been Artist In Residence at The Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, The Bemis Center in Omaha NE, The Millay Colony in Austerlitz, NY, The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland, and The Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, NM.

meyers’s work is in public and private collections throughout the US and abroad, including the National Gallery of Art (DC), the Hammer Museum (CA), The Smithsonian American Art Museum, (DC), the Ballycastle Museum of Art (County Mayo, Ireland), The Hirshhorn Museum (DC), the Amore Pacific Museum of Art, (Seoul, South Korea), the National Museum of Women in the Arts, (DC), the Sheldon Museum of Art (NE), the Huntington Museum of Art (WV), the Phillips Collection (DC), the Academy Art Museum (MD), the New Britain Museum of American Art, (CT), the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, (ME), the Columbus Museum, (GA), and the Allentown Art Museum (PA).

meyers holds a BFA from The Cooper Union and an MFA from the California College of the Arts.