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Relax Attack: Jillian Mayer
January 16, 2015 - February 21, 2015
Mayer’s work explores how technology and the Internet affect our identities, lives and experiences. Through video, online experiences, photography, telephone numbers, performance, sculpture and installation, her work examines and plays with the tension between physical and digital iterations of identity and existence. Mayer’s work is both serene and disconcerting, reassuring and unnerving.
Jillian Mayer investigates the (im)possibility of authenticity and the multiplicity of authorship by co-opting the visual language and tools of Google, online chat boards, and viral videos. Cloaked with humor, fast editing, and pop soundtracks, Mayer’s videos are designed for mass appeal but ask big questions about human connection and manufactured realities. Her work lives in, and is activated by, viewer participation.
Jillian Mayer steeps her artistic practice in the verisimilitude of a generation that came of age in the 1980s. Indebted to the cultural constructions of the sitcoms of her childhood but looking ahead to the infinite implications of the Internet, Mayer uses photography, video, drawing, installation, online platforms and performance to enact scenarios of apathy, dysfunction, and disillusionment and tease out the pathways and pitfalls of postmodern identity formation while considering our increasing integration with the web.
About the Artist
Mayer’s work has been included in many exhibitions, and most currently as part of the Montreal Biennial at the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal and a solo show at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Her video works and performances have been premiered at galleries and museums internationally such as MoMA, MoCA:NoMi, BAM, Bass Museum, and film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, and the New York Film Festival. She was recently featured on the cover of Art Papers and in ArtNews. Last year she was awarded a NEA Fellowship for the Elsewhere Museum, the Zentrum Paul Klee Fellowship (Bern, Switzerland) and the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab Fellowship where she is developing a feature film and trans-media extensions extending to software apps, installations and web experiences. Mayer is represented by David Castillo Gallery. www.jillianmayer.net