Summer 2019 Group Show
Rosemary has three works in “By Your Own Hand,” a group show curated by Heidi Norton at Camayuhs, an artist-run space in Atlanta, GA.
From the exhibition essay by Shannon Stratton:
“It is hard not to see a twenty-artist exhibition as a celebration, particularly when there is so much material exuberance, humor and physicality in the work, and By Our Own Hands builds its foundation on that. A nod to Faith Wilding’s 1977 publication of the same name, that was originally intended to accompany the unrealized exhibition, “Southern California Women’s Art Movement from 1970-1976,” the 2019 edition celebrates a range of career stages through the
lens of the hand. Artists in this group show their hand, so to speak, both through tangible acts of craft and symbolic gestures – with a range of materials from glass, clay and textile to carved rock and wax.”
Icy, Dark Broke, 1983. Watercolor and colored pencil on paper. 30 x 22 in.
“The choice of Mayer’s Icy, Dark, Broke, a colored pencil and watercolor on paper drawing, feels like haunting annotation to the exhibition as a whole. “Broke” goes in and out of meaning – economically, physically and morally. This language disturbs an exhibition whose binding is the hand as a powerful symbol of agency. It conjures up images of both the empty hand as a sign of bankruptcy and need, and the powerful hand – pulling, snapping, breaking something from its root or wholeness. It’s a powerful and somber reminder of both ends of the spectrum – both the hand’s weakness and its domination and its carelessness and its need.”
Museum of Modern Art Acquisition
In 2017, the Museum of Modern Art acquired some of Rosemary’s artist books and drawings from the 1970s, all of which can be viewed on MoMA’s website here.
Screenshot from the page on MoMA's website featuring Rosemary Mayer's acquired drawings and artist books.
The works include important examples of Rosemary’s most well-known bodies of work: fabric sculptures and ephemeral installations with balloons. Together they reveal her interest in documentation and in simultaneously working in a variety of media. The drawings illustrate real and imaginary fabric sculptures. The books, which you can flip through on the MoMA’s website, provide a monument to these temporary projects through a combination of drawing, photographs, and text.