Fluid, obsessive, lyrical, and beautiful are four adjectives I’d use when describing the work of American artist Linn Meyers. Her new exhibition “Our View From Here,” opens this week at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. This will be Meyers largest work to date. This monumental piece stretches the entire circumference of the inner-circle galleries on the museum’s second floor. It expands more than 400 linear feet. The drawing is temporary and will be painted over at the end of the exhibition’s yearlong run.
“On View From Here” brings together two opposite elements; The fluidity of the artist’s lines against the rigorous architecture of the building. This unexpected juxtaposition is hypnotic and mesmerizing. Each line, each curve is an invitation to get lost with oneself and with the work.
From the Smithsonian’s news release:
“Meyers creates her works by hand-drawing thousands of closely spaced, rippling lines, each nested beside the one that came before it. Drawing alone for long hours each day with a type of marker often used by graffiti writers, she welcomes the imperfections that are a natural part of working without templates or taped lines. The resulting patterns flow and pulse with energy.”
Linn Meyers holds a BFA from The Cooper Union, New York and a MFA from California College of the Arts inSan Francisco. Widely exhibited, her work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Hirshhorn, the Phillips Collection and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
If you are in Washington D.C. don’t miss this exhibition. I’ll make sure to make the trip to check it out in person.
Our View From Here
MAY 12, 2016–AUG 13, 2017
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Museum Hours: 10–5:30
Location: The Hirshhorn is located on the National Mall at the corner of 7th Street SW and Independence Avenue
All images ©Linn Meyers0