The theme of “myself as something useful” and my fondness for birds were the driving forces behind this series. In this group of drawings I am further exploring alternative drawing methods such as “drawing” with scissors by cutting out shapes and attaching them together. The connection between drawing and sculpture is also an idea that I am continuing to explore by “building” these drawing constructions. Using the existing self-portraits and some new ones, I adapted them to become some kind of useful object or place in the landscape for the family of birds that I had constructed. The birds were made mostly from scraps of paper and whatever else I had lying around my studio. I drew, painted, cut, tore, sewed and taped them into various bird species. I then altered each portrait in order to find some functionality for my birds. The more utilitarian my portrait became the happier I was with it, be it a house, nesting place, feeding ground, bath or simply a perch to rest on.
The ‘Giant’ series is growing, building, tearing down, re-building, planting, setting, shaving, clawing, wiping, smearing, filling, digging, throwing, holding, pushing, pulling, forcing, folding, creasing, tamping, cramming, fixing, adjusting, tightening, loosening, turning, watering, sewing, knotting, sharpening, wedging and tying off.
Artist Bio / CV
2025 NE Davis St
Portland Oregon 97232
T 503 758 6093
2003 Master of Fine Arts, Drawing and Painting; Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
1995 Bachelor of Science, Studio Art; Eastern Oregon University, LaGrande, Oregon
2008 Drawing Instructor, Rome Program, University of New Mexico and OSU, Rome Italy
2004-Present Drawing Instructor, Oregon State University, Corvallis Oregon
Teach beginning drawing and beginning, intermediate and advanced figure drawing.
2003-Present Drawing Instructor, Art Institute of Portland, Portland Oregon
Teach beginning, intermediate drawing, Figure drawing, Drawing and Anatomy.
2007/08 Visiting Artist, Central Oregon Community College, Bend, Oregon, Powerpoint lecture
2005/2006 Visiting Artist, Jumpstart, Pre-college Visual and Performing Arts Workshop, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, Powerpoint lecture
2003 Teaching Assistant, Portland State University, Intro to Drawing, Winter & Spring ( instructor of record)
2003/ 2005 Visiting Artist, Eastern Oregon University, LaGrande, Oregon
Slide lecture for drawing and painting classes, studio visits with advanced students.
2007 “OSU Faculty Exhibit”, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
2006 “Portland Modern”, Ogle Gallery, Portland, OR
2006 “Figures from Life”, Group Exhibition, Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR
2005 “Be Useful”, One Person Exhibition, Fairbanks Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
2005 “First Person”, Group Exhibition, Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR
2005 Juried Alumni Exhibition, Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, LaGrande, OR
2004 One Person Exhibition, Doll Gardner Gallery, Portland, OR
2003 “all grimace and flush”, MFA Thesis exhibition, Gallery 299, Portland State University, Portland, OR
Taylor, Sue. “Andrew Myers at Doll Gardner,” Art in America, March 2005, p.146; reproduction.
Pat Boas, “Portland Modern”, 2005, Issue #3, pp. 8-11; reproductions.