Myron Stout was and American abstract painter. Born: December 5, Denton, TX; Died: August 2, 1987, Chatham, MA.
During one of discussions in Golkin's studio in Provincetown, Myron spoke of "Breaking the Schema". What caused this comment was the large 8 foot by 8 foot open cube composed of 8 panels measuring 4' feet by 8' Gary was painting at the time. The stretchers were 2" x 4" making a physical room you could enter or view from an open side when the doors were opened. The image of the painting was a large scale weave in high chroma colors that repeated throughout the enclosure.
Myron commented that taking on a lengthy project tied a rigid concept and repeated pattern was an unrelenting schema providing no opportunity for modification. He was suggesting not to place oneself in a comfort zone. Myron suggested visiting the Grand Canyon for an encompassing environment and in response to the primary colors of that work in progress with spectacular color play might shed light on Gary’s work in progress.
Gary notes that Myron was trained as an educator. His restraint of words lead this young artist by dropping morsels of art related thoughts in a Hansel and Gretel manner rather than as a being doctrinaire.
At another studio visit, after discussing a concept for a future piece, Myron said "No idea is an idea". Myron believed that the emotional reactions and changing ideas while working must always be an option. He recounted the importance of being influenced by Abstract Expressionism and his experiences at Hans Hoffman's classes where he learned how important it was to be open to art and the yet unknown.
One of the most salient influences Myron shared was that art must communicate. It is a visual expression that only comes to life when viewed. This is a resounding mantra during every stage of Gary's art process.
Wife Carrie, a sculptor and was simultaneously a fellow at the Provincetown Work Center spent many magical evenings sharing meals, talking with Myron about art at the Golkin's studios and apartment. Gary's wife, a sculptor, was also a fellow at the Provincetown Work Center. The three artists spent many magical evenings together eating, talking and sharing about art and life.
In 1987 Myron had a retrospective of his art at the Whitney Museum of Art. The Golkins discovered that one of the walls of the museum hung Myron's drawing 'Momento 1987©" listing the collection of Carrie and Gary Golkin.
Obviously Myron is Gary's mentor and what was shared has been unique. After leaving the Provincetown Center Gary moved to New York but continued to visit regularly. In their last planned visit, they discovered Myron in the hospital. Myron passed away soon after.
Attached is a link to oral interview about Myron's history which is located in the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian