Noon Has No Shadows
Noon Has No Shadows is a multi-site exhibition of Rosemary Mayer’s work presented for the first time in Los Angeles.
A more traditional focused presentation is presented at Marc Selwyn, where two related bodies of Mayer’s work from the late 1970s and early 1980s will be displayed side by side, and an expansive, non-linear presentation at Hannah Hoffman that contains work crafted as early as 1971 through 1993, and including a new work created by the Estate of Rosemary Mayer.
The presentation at Marc Selwyn focuses on a series of unrealized proposals for elaborate tents on the roofs of city buildings and sculptures based on classical Greek vessels. The combination suggests ideas of containment and safety alongside a yearning for celebration. Mayer’s drawings and watercolors at both sites are in dialogue with her three-dimensional configurations but exist as compelling works in their own right. A set of drawings from 1971 depict “impossible” fabric constructions, fantasies of sculpture unfettered by space, size, material, or money. They exude an unrealized melancholy, embracing the nuance that undergirds the traditionally beautiful. Many of the works on paper also employ text, which pervades much of her work. The title of the show, “Noon Has No Shadows,” comes from a series that pairs evocative phrases with images of beautiful flowers.