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September 19th, 2013 - October 26th, 2013
Opening: 
September 19th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Face Without a Face #8, Maya HayukMaya Hayuk, Face Without a Face #8,
2013, acrylic on panel, 41x51cm
© Courtesy of the Artist and Alice
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The Art of Maya Hayuk

Maya Hayuk’s work has to be felt, not studied. It’s an experience that activates mirror neurones “ which allow us to grasp other people’s minds, not through the mediation of a conceptual reasoning, but rather through direct stimulation” * 
 
 The emphatic emotion of these abstract paintings is fed by a multitude of hidden references that make them particularly pertinent today. Might it be Ukrainian folk motifs, a touch of Mandala, a cosmos, or the image of a psychedelic movie ... pop culture references are infused to the practice of contemporary painting. 
 
 This is abstract painting, often monumental, always full of bright colours, with symmetrical and elaborate compositions. Maya Hayuk thrills our psyches with colours, as music does with sounds. 

 If Maya’s work is so stimulating, it’s because beyond the explicit visual references that can be found, it is the work of a highly committed artist in the fields of art and music, as her biography testifies. 

 These numerous connections bring together a multitude of fragrances that permeate her work and anchor it successfully in its time.

Raphael Cruyt

* Jeremy Rifkin, « Une nouvelle conscience pour un monde en crise, vers une civilisation de l’empathie », éditions Actes Sud, 2012, p108

 

Maya Hayuk was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1969. She earned a BFA in Interrelated Media from Massachusetts College of Art in 1991 and has studied at V.C.U., Richmond, VA, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada, the University of Odessa, Odessa, Ukraine and at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine. Hayuk’s work will be the subject of a forthcoming solo exhibition at The Hammer Museum, LA, CA (2013). Her work has been the subject of one person exhibitions and commissions at venues including Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands (2012); Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, New York (2011); Musee E.A.V., Rio De Janiero, Brazil (2011); Matucana Artspace, Santiago, Chile (2009); A Path for the Light, Alice Gallery, Brussels (2009); Democratic National Convention, Denver, Colorado (2008); and Monster Island, Brooklyn, New York (2005-2011). Her work has been included in group exhibitions such as Streetopia, The Luggage Store, San Francisco (2012); Black Light & Outer Space, Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn, New York (2011); Rojo Nova, Museum of Image and Sound, Sao Paolo, Brazil (2010); Contemporary Art 2010, Ukrainian Institute of America, New York (2010); Sous l’es bombs, Musee International des Arts Modeste, Sete, France (2007); The Zine Unbound: Kults, Werewolves, and Sarcastic Hippies, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2005). 

 Hayuk has curated numerous exhibitions, such as Apocabliss at Alice Gallery (2008), is a member of the Barnstormers collective, the Cinders Art Collective and she frequently collaborated with other artists and musicians. She's created album covers, videos, stage sets, photographs and posters for Rye Rye/M.I.A, The Akron Family, TV on the Radio, The Flaming Lips, Devendra Banhardt, Seun Kuti, Prefuse 73, Awesome Color, Oakley Hall, Home, Animal Collective, Dan Deacon, Bonnie Prince Billy and The Beastie Boys, amongst others. 

 Her book JUST GOOD VIBES on Ginko Press was released in 2007 and ROUND THE WAY was published by Nieves in 2010. She publishes hand-made screenprints with Pictures On Walls in London UK. Hayuk curated THIS WALL COULD BE YOUR LIFE, from 2005 - 2011 on the exterior walls of the now legendary and recently demolished Monster Island/ Secret Project Robot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. On September 11th, 2011, Maya orchestrated the Paint Pour off the rooftop and down the walls of the building, drawing closed a curtain over years of art work. 

 Hayuk lives in and loves Brooklyn, NY.


 

L'art de Maya Hayuk 

La peinture de Maya Hayuk ne se pense pas, elle se ressent. Elle active les neurones miroirs qui « nous permettent de saisir l’esprit des autres non par médiation d’un raisonnement conceptuel mais par stimulation direct. »*

 L’émotion emphatique de ces peintures abstraites est nourrie d’une multitude de références dissimulées qui les rendent particulièrement prégnantes aujourd’hui. Un motif folklorique ukrainien, un semblant de Mandala, un cosmos, l’image d’un film psychédélique… la pop culture se mélange ici à la pratique picturale contemporaine. C’est de la peinture abstraite, souvent monumentale, pleine de couleurs vives, à la composition symétrique et très élaborée. 

 Maya Hayuk fait vibrer notre psyché par la couleur comme la musique avec les sons. Si ce travail « nous parle », c’est aussi qu’au delà des références visuels explicites qu’on y trouve, il est l’œuvre d’une artiste très engagée sur la scène artistique et musicale comme en témoigne sa biographie. Ces nombreuses connections ventilent un parfum dans l’air du temps qui imprègne son travail et l’ancre pertinemment dans son époque.

Raphael Cruyt

*Jeremy Rifkin, « Une nouvelle conscience pour un monde en crise, vers une civilisation de l’empathie », éditions Actes Sud, 2012, p108

Maya Hayuk est née en 1969 à Baltimore, US. Elle a obtenu un BFA du Massashusetts College of Art and Design en 1991 et a étudiée à l’ University d’Odessa, Odessa, Ukraine, et au Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, US. 

 Le travail de Maya Hayuk a été le sujet d’expositions personnelles et de commissions In Situ, notamment au Mocca de Toronto, Canada (2013); Hammer Museum, LA, CA (2013) ;Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Hollande (2012); Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, New York (2011); the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro (2011); MU, Eindhoven, Hollande (2010); Centro Cultural Matucana 100, Santiago, Chili (2009); A Path for the Light, ALICE Gallery, Bruxelles (2009) ; the Democratic National Convention, Denver (2008); and Monster Island, Brooklyn (2005–11). 

 Son travail a été présenté dans de nombreuse expositions collectives, tels Streetopia, Luggage Store, San Francisco (2012); Black Light & Outer Space, Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn (2011); Rojo Nova, Museum of Image and Sound, São Paulo, Brésil (2010); Contemporary Art 2010, Ukrainian Institute of America, New York (2010); L'art modeste sous les bombes, Musée International des Arts Modestes, Sète, France (2007); and The Zine Unbound: Kults, Werewolves, and Sarcastic Hippies, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2005). 

 Hayuk fait aussi la curatelle de nombreuses expositions, comme Apocabliss à la galerie Alice (2008), est membre du collectif Barnstormers, et du Cinders Art Collective.
 Elle collabore fréquement avec d’autres artistes et musiciens. Hayuk crée des covers d’album, vidéos, décors de scène, photographies posters pour Rye Rye/M.I.A, The Akron Family, TV on the Radio, The Flaming Lips, Devendra Banhardt, Seun Kuti, Prefuse 73, Awesome Color, Oakley Hall, Home, Animal Collective, Dan Deacon, Bonnie Prince Billy et The Beastie Boys, parmi d’autres.


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