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Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery

Pieced + Painted: Galen Cheney + Andrea Myers

Pieced + Painted
Currently this exhibition is viewable by appointment or online. Please email to schedule an appointment. 

About the Show

We are proud to present the of recent paintings by artist Galen Cheney of Massachusetts and textile works by artist Andrea Myers of Ohio in our current exhibition Pieced + Painted: Galen Cheney + Andrea Myers. Color and form take center stage in each artist’s vibrant art. For both Cheney and Myers, the exploration and manipulation of materials drives their creative processes. Both artists make multi-layered constructions by piecing together elements of paint, fabric, and collage to explore the space between two and three dimensions.

Cheney uses fragments of past paintings, old receipts, used airline tickets, and other remnants of past experiences, and works them into the texture of the new painting. They become one with the surface, imbuing the painting with memory, history, and time. The assemblage of different forms is quite physical, with paintings being wrestled together to create a new whole. 

Galen Cheney painting in her North Adams studio, photo by David Grozinsky. See Cheney's creative process on Instagram @galenwcheney

Myers creates machine-sewn fabric collages from a wide range of fabrics, exploring and manipulating ideas of quilting, applique, and tactile formations, patchworked and growing across the surfaces of walls. There is also a strong physicality in Myers works, with dramatic scale and the built dimensionality from the accumulation of flat layers creating a geometry of fabric.

Andrea Myers, working on her large scale piece "Out of the Blue", on her studio floor. For more shots of work in progress visit @andreamyersart on Instagram.

Each artist assembles their work from individual parts, piecing and weaving together painting and the textile arts to create brightly colored, bold, and expressive works from fragments.

About the Artists
Galen Cheney has been painting for over 30 years and lives in North Adams, Massachusetts. Her education as a painter began at Mount Holyoke College and continued at The Maryland Institute College of Art, where she was mentored and critiqued by Grace Hartigan, Sal Scarpitta, and Hermine Ford, among other important artists. Recent recognition includes residencies/fellowships from the Millay Colony, Mass MoCA, Vermont Studio Center, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Da Wang Culture Highland, and a nomination for a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in Painting.

Andrea Myers is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Expanded Media at Kent State University at Stark. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2001 and her Masters of Fine Arts in Fiber and Material Studies in 2006 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Myers has recently had two solo shows in Berlin Germany, the first at co Galleries, Berlin, Germany and the second, Textil und Rennsportmuseum, at Hohenstein-Ernsthall, Germany. Myers is in numerous private and public collections nationally.

Both artists are represented by Gut Gallery  in Dallas.
Top Image: Left: Galen Cheney, Emanator (side one) (detail), 2019 acrylic and paper on collaged canvas, 72 x 63", Right: Andrea Myers, Out of the Blue, (detail), 2019, denim and various fabric machine sewn fabric collage, 8x22'  

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