Nicole Longnecker Gallery presents: “Acid Circus” featuring work from Christopher Mayo Mayes. The show runs from December 11, 2015 to January 9, 2016 and opens with a Special Friday Night Artist’s Reception Friday, December 11 from 5-8 pm.
Synopsis: Nicole Longnecker Gallery presents “Acid Circus” by Texas artist Christopher Mayo Mayes in his inaugural exhibition at the gallery. “I am so excited to return Christopher’s work back to the Houston market,” said gallery owner Nicole Longnecker. “His use of fragmented elements, intersecting planes, geometric anomalies mixed with a great sense of humor is really amazing. Don’t be distracted, Christopher is a serious artist who continues to push himself to produce great work.”
Christopher Mayo Mayes: Christopher Mayo Mayes is an enigmatic Texas artist whose parallel work in graphic design explains his use of symbols and iconography to populate his dense paintings and watercolors. He went to San Antonio College, where he was mentored by the late Chicano activist Mel Casas and learned the power of art to question cultural stereotypes. Christopher then earned his BFA in Painting from the University of Texas School of Fine Arts. A winner of many graphic design awards, Christopher Mayo Mayes currently lives and creates in the Texas Hill country near Canyon Lake.
Artist Statement: “We are wandering in a fishbowl at the circus of the daft inside the theatre of the absurd at the carnival of souls on the tower of babel inside the garden of eden in the city of dreams in the state of shock on the continental divide with seconds to spare at the last minute at the eleventh hour on fat tuesday during shark week serving 30 days in the hole in a hurricane election year in the decade of the derisive during the century of the cynic in the millennium of the mad in the epoch of the explosive and the eternity of the enigmatic on our way to a mythical afterlife while an amorphous abstraction rumored to be wiser than us decides whether to hit rinse & repeat or just flush as we hang upside down spinning at 1,000 mph as we cover a million miles daily hauling ass around a giant ball of fire. Somewhere along the line, interesting art is bound to be generated.
I’m a painter dedicated to capturing energy and exploring subtext, as well as generating symbols. A large core of my work as an artist and lifelong graphic designer has been the creation of a lexicon of iconography built over many years, integrating symbols into work ranging from abstract to narrative. The evolution of this personal graphic language is chronicled in a lifetime of filling up sketchbooks, daily workspaces functioning on multiple levels: idea warehouses for concept schematics, random thought-bombs, abandoned art autopsies, homemade maps used for distilling complexity to clarity (and vice-versa), as well as an outlet for chronic scribbling. Sometimes these homemade maps turn into larger pieces of art, and sometimes they end up on a gallery wall.”