If you REALLY want to know - Shawn Mayer MFA Exhibition

Shawn Mayer. Film still from “Memoir”, 2014. Looping Video. Size Variable. Shawn Mayer. Film still from “Mantra”, 2014. Looping Video. Size Variable.

Saturday, July 12, 2014 – Saturday, July 26, 2014,
Venue: CentralTrak
Admission: Free
Season: 2013-14

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 12,  8 pm 

CentralTrak resident Shawn Mayer presents a series of videos and photographic installations titled “If you REALLY want to know.” Mayer’s thesis exhibition re-examines slice-of-life moments and injects them with a wild dose of existential humor bordering on a stand-up comedy routine. The work is inspired by various forms of amature digital media such as YouTube volgs, Reddit posts, animated gifs, and Instagram images.  Many of the installations incorporate modern vernacular mediums such as flat-screen TVs, cell phones, GPS devices and computers.



Shawn Mayer

Shawn Mayer completed his MFA in Arts and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas this spring and holds a BA in Music and a BFA in drawing from the University of Missouri (2008). He has since worked in animation, production and post-production for television and commercial programming. His work aims to bridge the gap between physical, traditional and technological media combining them with immersive and often interactive elements to create new, unconventional art. His areas of focus include online media, emergent play, and folk practices used in gallery spaces to create unexpected experiences. Shawn was accepted as resident at CentralTrak: the UT Dallas artists’ residency in 2013. His work has been shown at the Lawndale Art Center, the Houston Art League, and Deep Ellum Windows.

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Address: 800 Exposition, Dallas, TX 75226

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Admission: Free




CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency, established in 2008, is dedicated to the creation, presentation, and advancement of the contemporary arts.  As a live/work space for eight artists, it serves as a community center in the North Texas area for broad intellectual discourse around the arts.  While the residency promotes artistic experimentation through its support of production, the companion exhibition space encourages critical engagement in a local urban context through exhibitions and related programs. By building on the forward-thinking academic resources of the School of Arts & Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas, CentralTrak unites artists from an expansive range of creative disciplines to extend and challenge contemporary notions of artistic practice, creative expression, and the role technology plays in these processes.

CentralTrak is supported in part by the generosity of numerous donors and partners from the North Texas area and The University of Texas at Dallas.

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