CHRISTIAN MAYER / Les Vues d’Amérique du Nord
Sunday, July 24, 2011 from 5 to 8 PM
At Apartment 2, in his first US solo exhibition, Vienna-based artist Christian Mayer presents a constellation of two and three-dimensional artworks that use and expand upon found lengths of a 19th-century scenic wallpaper. First hand printed in 1834 at Zuber & Cie in Rixheim, France, the wallpaper–“Les Vues d’Amérique du Nord“ (Views of North America)–is a depiction of the United States as imagined by the European painter Jean-Julien Déltil, who never traveled to the US himself, instead consulting travelogues and drawings by others as source material. Mayer, expanding upon Déltil’s example, proposes another version of “North America”, but not a unified space. He implicates Déltil’s relic in a complex system of referentiality that calls into question the histories of mediums and what they depict–in sum, their relationship to the imaginary and the real.
Christian Mayer, born 1976 in Sigmaringen, Germany, lives in Vienna. Recent exhibitions include Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin (solo), Galerie Mezzanin, Vienna (solo); Austrian Cultural Forum, Warsaw (solo); FIAC, Paris (solo); New Talents, Art Cologne (solo); Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Manifesta 7, Rovereto; Centre d’Art Passerelle, Brest; temporary gallery, Cologne; Biennial of Photography, Poznan; Art Museum, Pori; Galerie Georg Kargl, Vienna; Shedhalle Zurich; Sao Paulo Biennale 2004; Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna. Mayer is also co-editor of the magazine that changes its name with each issue, depending on the font that is used, and a member of the band Joy Religion. He holds a diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.