Galleries Reception: COMPOUND

structure in Lambla Gallery
November 17, 2022 - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Lambla Gallery

Jillian Mayer is an internationally recognized artist based in Miami, FL. While in residence at Charlotte’s McColl Center in Fall 2020, at the height of the COVID pandemic, she became intrigued by the region’s Survivalist culture. Sometimes referred to as “preppers,” Survivalists pursue complete independence from broad social, political, industrial, and economic infrastructures, solely relying on their own learned skills to prepare for any threat of impending disasters. Mayer expands her understanding of Survivalism by exploring its ideological intersections with Millennial culture. Similar to her 2019 installation, Bunker Mood Board, at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, Nebraska), COMPOUND reflects Mayer's continued investigation of the crossover between bunker/fall out-shelters and approachability through its expression of research in aesthetics and practicality.

Compound structureAs the Millennial generation faces ecological, infrastructural, and environmental uncertainty, this installation promotes preparing to live underground or in a flat-packing residence customized to one's particular creative taste. For COMPOUND, Mayer designed and constructed her own site-specific imagined survival site within the Lambla Gallery. At the epicenter is a large fabricated domed bunker. The perimeter of the gallery is lined with found objects and handmade artworks: an industrial electrical cabinet, a satellite dish, glassworks, and ceramic vessels. When combined, these elements make up a unique installation that could be defined as a Survivalist’s stage set.

Mayer received her BFA from Florida International University in 2007. Through, videos, sculptures, online experiences, photography, performances, and installations, Mayer explores how technology affects our lives, bodies, and identities by processing how our physical world and bodies are impacted and reshaped by our participation in a digital landscape. Mayer investigates the points of tension between our online and physical worlds and makes work that attempts to inhabit the increasingly porous boundary between the two. Mayer's artwork has a consistent thread of modeling how to subvert capital-driven modes of technological innovation.

Solo exhibitions include Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska (2019); Kunst Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark (2019); University of Buffalo Art Museum, Buffalo, NY (2018); Tufts University, Boston, MA (2018); Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY (2018); Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL (2016); LAXART, Los Angeles, CA (2016); Utah Museum of Fine Art, Salt Lake City, UT (2014); and David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL (2011 & 2016). She has exhibited, screened films, and performed at MoMA PS1 (2017); MoMA (2013); the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL (2013); the Bass Museum of Art, North Miami, FL (2012); the Guggenheim Museum (2010); and the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Québec as a part of the Montréal Biennial (2014).

Mayer’s work has been featured in Artforum, Art Papers, Art in America, ArtNews, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times.