The Second Angel Sleeve, 1973. Colored pencil on paper. 9 x 12 inches.
May 18 – May 21, 2023
Eric Firestore Gallery Loft Space, New York, NY
“That '70s Show” is a joint project in which approximately 20 New York galleries will present one or two artists who made work during the 1970s.
“The bodies are missing so that the abundant ridges, scallops, folds, and puckers of materials imply angelic visitors and imperative but unseen gestures...imagery moves from elliptical quotation to images of female presence.” —Rosemary Mayer, c. 1973
This selection of drawings from 1972 to 1976 captures Mayer’s lifelong and entwined fascination with fabric and flowers, drawn both from life and imagined. These materials and motifs enter into formal dialogue in Mayer’s work, and begin to resemble one another through shared attributes, like ridges, scallops, and folds. These forms also create an impression of corporeal monumentality, pointing to the artist’s interest in the body and the interplay of its presence and absence.
Photo credit: Jenny Gorman