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It’s Been a Long Day

Representing the culmination of years of experimentation using hard, angular mediums to express soft textures, It’s Been a Long Day is a capstone work for artist Andrew Myers. The masterful use of shadow and subtle variations in tone create a wonderful optical illusion: when viewed from even a short distance away, the shirt appears to be made of actual fabric, not 6,500 plus steel screws.   Beyond the playful interplay between hard and soft, and light and shadow, the piece acts as a commentary on the toil, mask wearing, and unsung sacri!ces inherent in modern society. Just like chinks in a warrior’s armor, every wrinkle in the shirt tells a story; a subtle history of what the wearer has survived. This “every man” concept is furthered by the piece’s background, constructed with original French newspapers dating from the early 1900s. Measures 4'Lx4'W.  Media:  wood, screws, oil paint, French newspaper from 1910's-30's  ...

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Video: The Self Portrait

In this short film, filmmaker Benjamin Pitts follows the artistic process necessary to create an image out of this air. ...

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How to Create a Self Portrait

1 full bottle of creativity. 2 drops of vision. 1 small spoonful of passion. A splash of knowledge. 2 pumps of inspiration. Insecurity to taste. And heaps of hope. A painting is more than just brush strokes on a canvas; before the visible work even begins, the artist must fight an internal battle between conflicting ideas, emotions, and fears. Successful pieces are created through just the right combination of creativity, vision, passion, knowledge, inspiration, and insecurity, but there is no cookbook to follow. An artist must instead intuit the correct recipe through life experience, honest reflection, and trial and error. This is most true of striking the right balance between creativity and knowledge. Too much creativity and not enough knowledge creates poorly executed artwork that fails to capture the artist’s vision.   Too much knowledge and not enough creativity leads to stale, mechanical pieces devoid of expression. But even after a piece is...

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Video: The Making of Fading Thoughts

Fading Thoughts is a documentary made by fimmaker Benjamin Pitts, who also happens to be the subject of the piece. Andrew wanted to create a screw piece that expressed movement and action, and knew that as a highly expressive person, Ben would be the perfect subject to depict screws in motion. The title “Fading Thoughts” denotes how the documentary and screw piece came together through the organic interplay, and sometimes heated exchanges, between both artists. ...

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Life 101: Andrew

Everyone has been a student and each of us has taken tests. But the assessment of one’s performance in life carries on long past school. In this series of life-size charcoal and ink portraits, Andrew wanted to depict how it feels to be judged, criticized, and measured by others, with one’s strengths and shortcomings graded along the same cold, impersonal criteria of a school assignment. At nearly five feet in height, these pieces have significant visual impact, an emotional experience furthered by the critical— and sometimes comical— comments etched on each piece. Before embarking on each drawing, Andrew interviews the subjects to get an honest, personal assessment of what they believe to be their strengths and shortcomings.  These measure 42"Wx 54" tall.  Prints are available....

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We Don’t Belong in the Shadows 3

In this deconstructive series, Andrew uses screws, oil paint, and phone book pages to depict portraits that emphasize the interplay and contrast between light and shadow. Despite being ethereal in nature, Andrew is fascinated by the power of shadows to create the appearance of form. At first glance, it may not be clear if the “shadows” in these pieces are created from paint or actual shadows cast by the screws. Only close inspection reveals which is which.  Measures 2' x 2'....

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In Case of Emergency

One night Andrew was staring at a fire extinguisher box that said "Break glass in case of emergency." The thought occurred to him that the heart is the human fire extinguisher, a tool we can use to put out emotional fires we create. In the bronze, wood, and glass piece, the figure is depicted with his sleeve rolled up, expressing the idea that the hammer can be used at any moment to free the heart and put out the fire. ...

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A Rough Road

Comprised of a cast stainless steel wagon wheel, a bench made of Italian glove-quality leather, and a powder-coated steel frame, A Rough Road is a statement about rebirth and dualism. The original wooden wagon wheel was a found piece of withering, rotting wood, now given new life in a more permanent form. Although it no longer rolls, the wheel still serves a stoic, utilitarian purpose in its new role as bench.    ...

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Portrait of John

This portrait marks Andrew’s first screw piece to use true-to-life colors. In previous pieces, he focused first on how the screws themselves could be used to depict soft skin, hair, and clothing. Starting with this piece, the artist was able to add even more depth and subtlety using the larger range of tones.  Measures 4' x 4'. ...

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Life 101: Ryan

Everyone has been a student and each of us has taken tests. But the assessment of one’s performance in life carries on long past school. In this series of life-size charcoal and ink portraits, Andrew wanted to depict how it feels to be judged, criticized, and measured by others, with one’s strengths and shortcomings graded along the same cold, impersonal criteria of a school assignment. At nearly five feet in height, these pieces have significant visual impact, an emotional experience furthered by the critical— and sometimes comical— comments etched on each piece. Before embarking on each drawing, Andrew interviews the subjects to get an honest, personal assessment of what they believe to be their strengths and shortcomings.  These measure 42"Wx 54" tall.  Prints are available....

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Life’s Deconstruction Phase #5

In this bronze sculpture series, Andrew depicts the breaking moments that accompany traumatic life events.  More than the finished pieces themselves, the artistic commentary is found in the process Andrew uses to create them. As Andrew sculpts the subject in clay, he interviews them about difficult experiences they have lived through. He then creates a rubber mold, fills it with wax, and asks the model to shatter the wax while reliving the event and feeling the emotions that went with it. Together, they then pick up the pieces they like best, and rebuild the sculpture into a new, more textured portrait.      ...

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Fading Thoughts

In this dynamic portrait, Andrew depicts filmmaker Benjamin Pitts using approximately 8,000 screws, oil paint, and phonebook pages. The piece was an experiment in expressing movement with static objects.  Measures 3 1/2' x 5'....

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Life 101: Eric

Everyone has been a student and each of us has taken tests. But the assessment of one’s performance in life carries on long past school. In this series of life-size charcoal and ink portraits, Andrew wanted to depict how it feels to be judged, criticized, and measured by others, with one’s strengths and shortcomings graded along the same cold, impersonal criteria of a school assignment. At nearly five feet in height, these pieces have significant visual impact, an emotional experience furthered by the critical— and sometimes comical— comments etched on each piece. Before embarking on each drawing, Andrew interviews the subjects to get an honest, personal assessment of what they believe to be their strengths and shortcomings.  These measure 42"Wx 54" tall.  Prints are available....

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Video: Audi Screw Piece

In this documentary, filmmaker Benjamin Pitts follows the painstaking process involved in creating an original screw piece to mark Audi's presence at the Automekanica 2012 show in Frankfurt, Germany. Andrew and his team were flown out to finish the piece in front of the public as part of the exhibition. The piece now resides at the Audi Headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany.  Measures 4' x 6'. ...

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We Don’t Belong in the Shadows 2

In this deconstructive series, Andrew uses screws, oil paint, and phone book pages to depict portraits that emphasize the interplay and contrast between light and shadow. Despite being ethereal in nature, Andrew is fascinated by the power of shadows to create the appearance of form. At first glance, it may not be clear if the “shadows” in these pieces are created from paint or actual shadows cast by the screws. Only close inspection reveals which is which.  Measures 2' x 2'.  ...

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Oh, Life’s Unexpected Moments

In this self-portrait of bronze, cement, string, and steel, Andrew wanted to create a sculpture depicting his basic life philosophy. Stability is an illusion; at any moment, the string can be cut, instantly changing one’s entire life for better or worse. Anybody can pick up the scissors. ...

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Parts of Me Still Shine #1

Created using patina on bronze and twenty-four- karat gold leaf, this original wall-mounted sculpture symbolizes that even during life's hardest trials, some parts of us still shine. As with all sculptures and portraits that depict real individuals, Andrew interviewed the subject about their experiences, using what he heard to inform the design, expression, and aesthetic of the piece. ...

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We Don’t Belong in the Shadows 1

In this deconstructive series, Andrew uses screws, oil paint, and phone book pages to depict portraits that emphasize the interplay and contrast between light and shadow. Despite being ethereal in nature, Andrew is fascinated by the power of shadows to create the appearance of form. At first glance, it may not be clear if the “shadows” in these pieces are created from paint or actual shadows cast by the screws. Only close inspection reveals which is which.  Measures 2' x 2'....

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The Connection

This bronze and glass piece depicts a real moment when a woman, looking longingly at a pair of shoes, contemplates another purchase. In the piece, Andrew aimed to capture the emotional connection between an individual and the object of their desire. ...

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Recycling Tears

In this sculpture, Andrew depicts the emotional suffering faced by a friend of his going through a divorce. Even after telling himself, "I'm not going to cry anymore," the model found himself crying yet again hours later. It seems that with enough pain, we can always recycle more tears....

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Bill

Representing one of Andrew’s first screw pieces, this portrait was an experiment in how to depict something soft, like human flesh, using something hard, like steel screws. The piece is created with approximately 2,500 screws, oil paint, and phonebook pages. The use of phonebook pages began as a beer-fueled bet with a fellow artist who said that Andrew couldn’t put “everybody” in his art. He is well on his way to proving him wrong...  Measures 2' x 2'....

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Idea Roadblock

In this bronze and cement sculpture, Andrew pays homage to the creative people of this world who are constantly chasing the lightbulb of inspiration, like a donkey after a carrot. One may never reach the lightbulb, but as long as you continue to pursue it, you will at least be moving in the right direction. The only roadblock is self doubt. 13"W x 24"L x 5'H   ...

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5,562 Thread Count

In this dualistic piece, Andrew aimed to express the warm, soft, and smooth nature of a cloth sheet using the cold, hard, and sharp medium of steel screws. Just like actual sheets, this piece accomplishes a softer effect using a high “thread” count. In this case, the threads of 5,562 screws. The background is created with limestone and marble dust, combined to create the effect of an actual wall.  Measures 4' x 6'. ...

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An Artist’s Winter

In this early, experimental screw piece, Andrew used thousands of screws, oil paint, and phonebook pages to craft a self-portrait expressing the difficult feelings he was experiencing at that time. When created, it was a dark and cold winter outside the studio, and a dark and cold winter inside the artist’s soul.  Measures 2' x 2'. ...

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Shelter from the Storm

In Shelter From the Storm, Andrew uses bronze, rice paper, wood !nishes, and pigments to express the power of love, hope, and faith. Life is a storm and they are our only protection from the rain. As light shines through the rice paper umbrella, a loving red shadow is cast over the figure. ...

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Worth the Weight

In this bronze, wood, and cement sculpture, Andrew expresses the importance—but extreme difficulty—of reaching true forgiveness....

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Self Inflicted Vacation

In this bronze, string, and cement piece Andrew expresses the dichotomy between action and inaction, between following one’s dreams and being complacent. Everyone of us has two voices inside: the voice of doubt who says “You can't” and the voice of confidence who says “You can”. Which is stronger in you? Will you be catapulted into action or pulled back down to complacency? ...

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We Don’t Belong in the Shadows 4

In this deconstructive series, Andrew uses screws, oil paint, and phone book pages to depict portraits that emphasize the interplay and contrast between light and shadow. Despite being ethereal in nature, Andrew is fascinated by the power of shadows to create the appearance of form. At first glance, it may not be clear if the “shadows” in these pieces are created from paint or actual shadows cast by the screws. Only close inspection reveals which is which.  Measures 2' x 2'....

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Leap of Faith

This bronze and cement sculpture captures the suffering experienced by a friend going through a divorce. The “leap of faith” is the difficult but essential step of throwing one's "baggage" off the cliff before moving on in life....

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La Mona Bethany

In this early screw piece, Andrew depicts the portrait of his sister using approximately 10,000 screws, oil paint, and telephone book pages. While she was modeling for the portrait, her expression reminded Andrew of the Mona Lisa.  Measures 4' x 4'. ...

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Halland

Private commission piece.  Measures 4' x 4'....

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I’ve Tried it All

In this bronze and cement sculpture, Andrew depicts his view of hope. Though the old man has seemingly tried everything and looks ready to give up, if he just keeps walking, he will soon trip over the gold key.  ...

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Leave a Message

Private commission piece....

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Scott Squared

In Scott Squared, Andrew wanted to depart from small round screw heads, experimenting instead with large squares to depict the portrait of Scott, a fellow artist. To create the piece, Andrew first sketched the model in charcoal, and then cut the canvas into 100 equally sized squares. Each square was then treated with resin and mounted to specially designed screws.  Measures 4' x 4'. ...

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