Adelaide-born, Brooklyn-based artist Timothy Paul Myers is meticulous to say the least. For his first Australian exhibition From Parts and Pieces, currently on show at Paddington’s MiCK Gallery, he has hand-typed one million dollar signs with a 1952 royal typewriter to denote having earned one million dollars, in a piece suitably named One Million Dollars. After what was unquestionably a painstaking, drawn out and monotonous task, the artist went back and recounted just to be precise.
Myers’ work is best viewed in situ and up close. From a distance, the pieces Muzzle (2) and (3) are carefully arranged in small Perspex boxes, each containing eight circles of colour. Upon closer inspection, the circles are in fact pencil ends painted in 235 different acrylic colours and set onto vintage postcards striped neatly with white out tape.
Myers regularly visits flea markets in New York to source inspiration and materials for his work. He was particularly taken with the scrupulously detailed ledgers and return cheques of an egg farmer from the early 20th century named Myron B. Johnson – these registers now form the base layer of five of the works featured in From Parts and Pieces. Among the other ephemera are handwritten letters in brilliant calligraphy and vintage 35-millimetre slides. Myers says he “felt the responsibility to do something” with the slides – building them into narrow LED lit totem poles as he felt this would adequately preserve and enliven the history in each captured moment.
Equally as captivating as the hidden detail and layers in Myers’ work, is the spectacularly neat arrangement of each part. Each work is ordered and linear, with their abstract make-up only ever revealed at close range.
From Parts and Pieces is open until September 27.
44 Gurner Street, Paddington