Ursula Mayer | Unknown Student in Marcel Breuer Chair
2008 | Screenprint | 23.5 x 35.5 inches
In Ursula Mayer’s large-scale screen print a masked figure sits assuredly while gazing into the distance. The title Unknown Student in a Marcel Breuer Chair suggests the image as documentary, but the wide eyed cartoonish face brings and air of absurdity and unease to the scene.
Ursula Mayer is an Austrian born, London-based artist working primarily in film. Though heavily based in moving images, Mayer’s work in photography and sculpture are also exceedingly generative. Often addressing posthuman ontologies, gender, and influenced by a vast repertoire of textual and visual material. Mayer’s haunting visual productions push the possibilities available within representation, ranging from extremely symbolic in her film practice, to highly formal in her sculptural works. Mayer graduated in 1996 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, she studied at the Royal College of Art in 1995, and completed her MFA at Goldsmiths in 2004. Her work has received critical accolades, including the prestigious Derek Jarman Award 2014 for experimental film and the Otto Mauer Prize in 2007. She has been awarded numerous grants such as the FLAMIN Productions Award, Film London and the International Studio & Curatorial Program, ISCP, New York. Recent multimedia installations have been exhibited as part of Mirror City, Hayward Gallery, London. Her work has travelled extensively to venues including Tyneside Cinema Gallery, Newcastle; Audain Gallery, Vancouver; Tramway, Glasgow; Turner Contemporary, Margate; CCA Glasgow; Ursula-Blickle Stiftung Kraichtal, Germany; Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg; Institute for Contemporary Art, London; SculptureCentre, New York; 21er Haus, Museum Belvedere, Vienna; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; 11th Baltic Triennial, CAC, Vilnius; Tanya Bonakdar gallery, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Lentos, Museum of Modern Art, Linz; TBA21, Vienna; and Kunsthalle, Basel. Recent exhibitions include SeMA Bienale, Mediacity Seoul, South Korea; THE NEW HUMAN, Moderna Museet, Stockholm & Malmoe; Be Fragile! Be Brave!, Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia, and solo presentations at TANK, FHNW, Academy of Fine Arts, Basel, and at HOME, Manchester.
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