Anna Mayer lives and works in Los Angeles, where she received her MFA from CalArts in 2007. Mayer has completed residencies at Ox-bow School of of the Arts and threewalls (Chicago). Selected exhibitions include the Hammer Museum’s Venice Beach Biennial, Ballroom Marfa (TX), Cerritos College Art Gallery (CA), Night Gallery (CA), Kendall Koppe (UK), A.I.R. Gallery (NY), and Klaus Von Nichtssagend (NY). In 2014 she, along with UK artist Laura Aldridge, enacted a large-scale social sculpture at the Glasgow International biennial. In 2012 she performed the Negative Sessions at Pomona Museum (CA) as part of the Bureau of Experimental Speech and Holy Theses. In addition to her solo practice, Mayer works with Jemima Wyman as part of the collaborative duo CamLab, which staged three events at MOCA (LA) as part of the Museum’s Engagement Party series and has exhibited widely in the USA and abroad.
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In art objects and performances, Anna Mayer employs speech derived from and meant for the private, confessional, and relational sphere. She also insists that such speech be considered in the public arena. She is manifestly interested in how ideas are transmitted over time within groups and how language can be materialized in social space. Mayer perceives her activities as an exercise in citizenship, believing that as free expression becomes more codified through social media, a more rigorous yet compassionate approach to truth telling becomes a necessity.
Kristina Newhouse, 2013