I first met Maya Hayuk at a taqueria in San Francisco on a typical brisk and foggy evening post her installation at The Luggage Store Gallery. Humorous yet straight forward and bold, her demeanor was a welcomed reminder of the black and white energy of New York based artists. Upon finally viewing her work, a singular painting that stood out in the group exhibition due to it’s vibrant color and striking graphic references, I was immediately intrigued to follow her artistic trajectory.
It is with much delight that I get to report Hayuk has landed in Los Angeles. She will have her first solo US museum exhibition at the Lobby Wall of Hammer Museum from August 17th through January 26th. The site specific mural is an otherworldly, psychedelic tour de force that weaves styles derivative of Ukranian folk mandalas with punches of color and graphics indicative of pop art.
A rare, not to be missed, opportunity to view Hayuk’s work occurs one day prior to the opening. On August 16th at Generationalpictomusicapolis, a celebration of collaborative music and art making on in the Hammer courtyard. Hayuk’s completed mural will be accompanied by performances from an array of talents including experimental punk group NO AGE and psych-folk duo Devin Gary & Ross. Combining an array of auditory assaults with Hayuk’s powerful display of color and form guarantees to elevate the senses to new heights.
Limited edition prints will also be available for sale at the August 15th event.