Ati Maier: “The World Is My Oyster” exhibition walkthrough

Peyton Wright Gallery is pleased to present “The World Is My Oyster,” a second one-woman show of new paintings by Ati Maier. 

Commencing Friday, March 3, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m., concurrent with a book signing of her “SpaceRider” catalog, the exhibition takes its title from the large-scale painting “Oyster World” (2020).

Indicative of the playful nature of Maier’s work in general, the axiomatic phrase “The world is my oyster” invites the viewer to experience a universe spawned of ink, woodstain and pigments, but which also looks entirely convincing as a snapshot of deep space.

This aesthetic world made of lines, shapes, and fields of color became Maier’s oyster over the course of the last three decades. 

Ati Maier  is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes drawing, painting, photography, 3-D video animation, installation, performance, and live action video. She was born in Munich, Germany in 1962 and has studied, lived and worked in Vienna, Berlin and New York City.   Originally born in Munich (Germany), the artist visited the American West for the first time in her twenties, quickly integrating its rugged topography and otherworldly atmosphere into her visual ecosystem. She eventually moved to New York City and continued to make frequent visits to the West where over time her work moved beyond expressionistic landscapes and into fractured geographies generated through a mix of observation, automatism, and action painting technique.