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by Vince Aletti
Aspen Mays
The New Yorker
4/4/2016
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The Oakland-based photographer makes a subtle but solid New York début. Dispensing with cameras, Mays creates monochromatic photograms based on the patterns of bandannas, one of which belonged to Georgia O’Keeffe. In several pieces, a starburst pattern repeats until it looks like fizzling sparklers. Elsewhere, paisley motifs are arranged in a loose grid gone wonky. To re-create the dots on O’Keeffe’s bandanna, Mays employed rows of pins; where the paper was unexposed to light, the heads of the pins left a ghostly design. Patterns are fragile anchors for work that is largely abstract, but Mays introduces order only to break it down.

http://www.newyorker.com/goings-on-about-town/art/aspen-mays-2