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Jillian Mayer
SHOWROOM
Jun 4 - Jul 9, 2016

Opening reception Saturday, June 4, 6-9pm.

 

http://www.slumpi.es/

Press Release

LAXART is pleased to present Jillian Mayer's first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. The Miami-based artist's work explores how technology and the Internet effect our identities, lives and experiences. Her exhibition, SHOWROOM, includes newly commissioned video and sculpture aimed at addressing the effects of technology on contemporary subjectivity. 

Acknowledging our ever-increasing relationship with one of mankind's best inventions, the smart phone, Mayer's “Slumpie” sculptures are functional structures meant to relieve the human body of its duty to support both its own weight and the figurative weight of technology. Viewers are allowed to interact (ie. slump upon) these structures, and select structures will emit Wi-Fi during specific times. As the artist explains, “With new research indicating that smartphone users spend an average of 4.7 hours on their devices daily, one must wonder why there has not been an increase in physical structures that will help support the human body in this journey to connect globally through their phone.” 

This exhibition is accompanied by Jillian Mayer's participation in the LAXART Public Domain platform. During the run of her show, Mayer will be presenting a site-specific billboard. Forthcoming projects with LAXART Public Domain include a series of short videos to be presented as part of the Digital Billboard series on the Sunset Strip. 

Jillian Mayer is an artist and filmmaker living in South Florida. Her video works and performances have premiered at galleries and museums including MoMA, MoCA:NoMi, BAM, Bass Museum, the Contemporary Museum of Montreal with the Montreal Biennial (2014) and in film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, and the New York Film Festival. Mayer is a recent recipient of the prestigious Creative Capital Fellowship for 2015; the South Florida Cultural Consortium's Visual/Media Artists Fellowship 2011 and 2014; Cintas Foundation Fellowship 2012; and she was named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine. 

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