MFA Studio Practice Lecture Series
February 11, 2015
Jillian Mayer's work explores how technology and the Internet affect our identities, lives and experiences. Through videos, 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.
Her recent solo projects include Salt9: Jillian Mayer at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (2013), Family Matters at David Castillo Gallery, Miami (2011), Love Tripsat World Class Boxing (2012), Erasey Page at the Base Museum of Art (2012), and Precipice/PostModern at Locust Projects, Miami (2013), with the support of a Harpo Fundation grant. Mayer is currently working on a project for the Montreal Biennial opening October 2014, an artist book, and a show for the University of Maine Museum of Art.
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. In 2010, her video Scenic Jogging was one of the 25 selections for the Guggenheim's Youtube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video, and was exhibited at Solomon R. Guggenhim Museum, New York; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, italy, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain; and Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany. She was recently featured on the cover of Art Papers and in ArtNews dicussing identity, Internet and her artistic practices and influences.
Mayer is a recipient of the prestigious South Florida Cultural Consortium's Visual/Media Artist Fellowship 2011 and the Cintas Foundation for Cuban Artists Fellowship 2012, and was named one of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazine. Last year she was awarded an 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 transmedia extensions extending to software apps, installations and web experiences.
Mayer is represented by David Castillo Gallery.
Sponsored in part by Blick Art Supplies, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and MFA Happy Hour, the PSU MFA Studio Lecture Series brings together artists from a variety of disciplines to explore the subjects of their own work before a live audience. Lectures are held throughout the year, most often in Shattuck Annex (SW Broadway at SW Hall on the PSU Campus) on Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM. Lectures are FREE and open to the public.
PSU’S MFA IN CONTEMPORARY ART PRACTICE/STUDIO degree program is dedicated to interdisciplinary experimentation and the exploration of ideas through the experience of making. Students are supported in a range of research and production, from the traditional to the emerging, as they consider the multiple ways art can live in and beyond the studio.