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Maya Hayuk @Gallery 16 Preview

Written by Trippe   
Monday, 01 February 2010 09:29
Her show opens Friday Feb 5th @Gallery 16 in San Francisco. We take a peek and some new and older works. NYC based and long time Fecal Pal, Maya Hayuk opens "Feeling Space" at Gallery 16 here in San Francisco Friday Feb 5th... Below is a tiny preview of the show and a short interview with Maya... Pale Hoarse is performing at the opening --- Lowell Darling opens "Full Disclosure" there the same night as well.

Maya Hayuk
"Feeling Space"
Gallery 16
501 Third Street
Friday, Feb 5th (6-9pm)

Maya in her Brooklyn studio

What can people expect from your show "Feeling Space"?

I hope a really good trip, or at least a sweet warmth and dampness.

How did you hook up with Gallery 16?

I should ask them - I really don't know, but they were one of the first galleries I frequented in the mid-late nineties when they were on 16th street. David Perry, the photographer, first exposed me to them. It was the first place I saw Margaret Kilgallen's work in a gallery setting and I always admired their programming and mission. It was really humbling and grounding to be invited to work with them.

How are things going in Brooklyn these days?

Pretty stellar. I was finally able to move my painting studio upstairs from the 11 x 10' space in Secret Project Robot I worked out of for the last few years into one that's 16 x 36'. It looks out towards the Williamsburg Bridge and the sunsets are out of control. My studio's inside Monster Island between Chris Gentile's, Lilah Freedland's and Kayrock Screenprinting and upstairs from Mollusk Surfshop, Live with Animals, S.P.R and Oneida's recording studio. There's a good energy here in Brooklyn that's very inspiring to live and work in. Wolfy and I, inspired with Mike Pare, started this thing called the Positive Future Prophecy Posse (P.f.P.P.) which is all about rejecting apocalyptic visions and fake prophets while embracing new energy and progressive responsibility. This kind of sums things up.

What have you been up to this last year? Projects/ shows/ life/ etc?

Jeez... so much. Learning how to paint on stuff other than walls. There's always been a disconnect for me between objects (paper, canvas, etc) and murals/ environments. A couple of years ago my friend Alice in Brussels suggested that I treat large pieces of paper as if they were walls and something just clicked. so - yeah - that's been a big breakthrough. I made a couple of stage set/ environment things and video for some bands I love (TV on the Radio, Pale Hoarse, Akron Family, Animal Collective and a Dan Deacon show with Lauren Luloff), album art for Home 17, had a solo show at A.L.I.C.E. in Brussels, at Cinders here in Brooklyn, made a crazy sculpture at Scope Fair with Ben Wolf, did a collaboration and performance at SFAC Gallery with Chris Duncan, Brian Nuda Rosche and Kyle Ranson and took part in a bunch of group shows around. I travelled to Chile with a bunch of friends (first time in South America - fucking killer), celebrated my mom's birthday in Mexico, greeted my brother and his girlfriend's super awesome baby, Sophia Lotus, broke my face falling off my bike (going too slow up onto a curb, flew off the front of my bike and by trying not to land on my right arm, I face planted and chipped my front tooth so now I look even more like a weird, retarded rabbit), saw a ton of good music and art, made new friends, rode my bike, practiced some yoga, made sweet, sweet love to my incredible boyfriend, etc. The End.

Have you been creating many murals lately?

Yes - always. The walls of Monster Island ("This wall could be your life") is always in full swing weather permitting, I started a piece in Orange Alley behind Receiver Gallery, painted a massive wall in Santiago, Chile. http://mayahayuk.com/murals.html

See you at the opening Friday. It should be a doozie.

Gallery 16 is pleased to welcome Brooklyn based artist Maya Hayuk to her first solo show with the gallery. Hayuk is a prolific muralist, photographer, printmaker, painter, illustrator, and documentarian. Her fearless attraction to wild color, a genre-bending mix of graphic design, graffiti, illustration, and abstraction has earned her a wide international audience. Hayuk’s work overflows with a uniquely cultivated handmade aesthetic . Part punk, part psychedelic explosion, her paintings, prints and murals display unbridled enthusiasm. Her monograph "Just Good Vibes" describes the work "Multicolored diamonds morph into rainbows on public walls, day glow birds and flowers sprout extra appendages appearing both beautiful and menacing, and everything eschews logic while making perfect aesthetic sense. Hayuk's bold images of colorful beauty are at once visceral, ethereal, humorous and political."

Maya Hayuk
"Feeling Space"
Gallery 16
501 Third Street
Friday, Feb 5th (6-9pm) {moscomment}

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