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Jaws of Life, 2008 Acrylic On Paper 44 X 30 Inches © mahan gallery
Curated by: Colleen Grennan

717 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
September 5th, 2008 - September 27th, 2008
Opening: September 5th, 2008 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

United States
Tuesday - Saturday, 11 - 6pm
This event is appropriate for children


The mahan gallery is pleased to present its first solo show with celebrated New York artist, Maya Hayuk, in an exhibition titled, “Do Me A Solid”.  The opening exhibition will feature a personal appearance by the artist and records spun by DJ Times New Viking of Columbus based art-punk band, Times New Viking.

“Hey, Hey, would you do me a solid? .... I need you to sit in the car for two minutes while its double-parked. I need to pick up some birds.” –Cosmo Kramer, Seinfeld, 1991

 “Do Me A Solid” is another way of asking, “can you do me a favor?”  Its casual pitch denotes the sort of regard that occurs between friends. A favor in these terms is considered an act of grace. A solid is not a favor that creates or carries with it obligatory weight beyond the mutual desire to care for one another that is inherent in genuine friendship.

Maya Hayuk is a forthright proponent of the solid.  She views her artistic practice as a liability free exchange taking place between viewer and purveyor.  The show will house all the broad scope and vigor of Maya’s muralesque installation and include new condensed, intimate paintings, worthy of individual meditation. 

Maya has described her installations as “bright”, “massive”, “intricate”, and “joyful.”  The new works follow suit, celebrating a bright outlook and a clear vision.  Maya’s work makes direct contact like a high-five of positive vibes.  It is ripe with immediacy, whimsy and inadvertent conceptual tones. These calculated works, although thoughtful, allow plenty of room for analysis.  Their non-rigid presentation creates an open minded, freeform setting for dreamy interaction.

Without the obligatory force of representation, proportion and perspective, Maya’s paintings allow the viewer to see past ordinary artistic devices. The process unfolds from the artist’s state of mind. There is an educated vagueness that permeates, creating visionary freedom, cutting ties to stringent rules and theories allowing the work to breathe and expand. Portraits of chandeliers posses the organic quality of hanging plants, layers of color mimic tealeaf readings, physical phenomena of metamorphosis occur within every artwork.

 In the end, “Do Me A Solid” becomes a “solid” bestowed unto the viewer.

Maya Hayuk is a muralist, photographer, printmaker, designer, curator, player of records, writer, performer, collector, Barnstormer, painter, videographer, documentarian and lover of life who' lives in Brooklyn, New York by way of San Francisco, Baltimore, Boston and Toronto. Maya’s work has been published in ARTFORUM, Juxtapoz, XLR8R, and Nylon. She has exhibited her work in SF, LA, NY, Tokyo, London, Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, Seattle, Portland and Baltimore. Besides her collaboration on the Street Space public art event that took place in Columbus, 2006, this will be Maya’s first solo exhibition in Ohio.