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Timothy Paul Myers

Alizarin is a site-specific installation by artist Timothy Paul Myers, in collaboration with Andrew Barnes, featuring furniture and everyday items – from teapots to suitcases – that are wrapped in a deep red felt. Initially drawn in by the installation’s scale, texture and bright red hue, visitors are invited to consider each carefully wrapped object, which is representative of hotel guests past and present. Installed in a corner of the hotel’s iconic lobby, these playful works at first seem decorative, but take on new meaning as we consider them as the discarded ephemera of life. Alizarin (named after a red dye obtained from the madder root) is not only an attempt to archive an object’s history, but also to encase the memories imbued in it. Myers draws us deeply in to the present by reminding the viewer of the fleeting nature of life.

 

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Meet the Artist Timothy Paul Myers

Timothy Paul Myers has always used flea market finds for inspiration, layering them into meticulously ordered, textural abstractions that the LA Times deems ‘mundane and fantastic converged with uncanny, mesmerising presence.’ Myers scours thrift shops, flea markets and sidewalk rubbish for new material to reorder into multimedia works – compositions that are as conceptually intriguing as they are beautiful. Systematic repetition and grid-like arrangements of found materials are prominent themes in Myers’ work, which is widely shown in galleries and museums in America and internationally.

The Peninsula Hotels Alizarin

Artist Timothy Paul Myer (Photo credit: Ungano + Agriodimas)

The Peninsula Hotels Alizarin

Fundamentally, art is a language. I think it’s most interesting when we encounter art in unexpected places.