Five Questions for Stuart Comer
Characterizing himself as “an installation artist who works with paintings,” Keith Mayerson brings together his lush paintings and drawings into salon-like arrangements to narrate the story of his own life, while exploring the social, political, and historical context of our time. “Each of my shows is like a book on the wall,” he describes, “with each image complementing the other…together constitut[ing] an over-arching idea and conceptual theme.” Since 1993, he has been pursuing themes like homosexuality, patriotism, and memory in his small- to large-scale compositions. Equally enamored of comics and Proust, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol, he merges high and low in works ranging from abstractions to cartoons to Neo-Expressionist representations. In My American Dream, included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Mayerson presents his own take on this much-discussed notion, from a perspective both personal and universal.
American, b. 1966, Cincinnati, Ohio, based in New York, New York