Thursday, September 22, 2011

Art Papers Cover Story! Sept/Oct

Thank you to Annie Hollingsworth, an incredible writer, talent, and friend. <3

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Music Video for ANR

We just finished a music video for our good friends, ANR.
You can view it here!
It first premiered at RollingStone! Click here to view it.

On the left are sketches I made while in the planning phases.
Thank you to the amazing friends and family that came out to make this possible.

Hope you like it!

*the dancing man is my father.
*Band member Brian broke his foot during the shoot.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

My parents in the 1980's and my studio in 2011

My studio is beautiful.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Behind the Scenes for "Life and Freaky Times with Uncle Luke"

Here is a shot from behind the scenes of my short film, Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke. Leyva and I are marking spots for our actors, and are talking, and maybe are also sleeping.

I Am Your Grandma Song Extended Version out now

Extended audio version of "I Am Your Grandma" out now on I-Tunes! Check it out.

It has been released by 10K Islands.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Party Animals art show at Royal/T in LA, CA JULY 2011

Royal/T of LA presents Party Animals, curated by Lindsay Scoggins. Party Animals is a group exhibition focusing on artists’ use of recognizable creatures and animals as a means of reanimating childhood experiences and curiosities. Works aim to construct an ambiance of imagination where opposing forces such as domestic and wilderness merge, alluding to an extended notion of anthropomorphism and zoomorphism. Various beastly beautiful beings bring the viewer’s current mental standpoint into question, reflecting upon past moments with new sentiment and value. Purposefully remaining aloof of mere commentary and literal representation, Party Animals presents various mediums, such as drawing, painting, video and installation, creating ironic, transgressive fabrications in which a cruel, bare innocence is confronted by the intoxication of escapism. Included works have been birthed from a childlike innocence of viewing animals on a level plane of existence with humans.
Preliminary artists include Christen Bach, Sue de Beer, Mattia Biag, George Condo, Roberto Cuoghi, Andre Ethier, Mark Grotjahn, Jim Hodges, Matt Johnson, Ken Kagami, Misaki Kawai, KAWS, Jeff Koons, Bryce Kristchman, Miakiko Kudo, Yayoi Kusama, Sherrie Levine, Jillian Mayer, Ted Mineo, Shintaro Miyake, Okamoto Mitsuhiro, Takashi, Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Mike Reynolds, Amanda Ross-Ho, Wilhelm Sasnal, Lindsay Scoggins, Raqib Shaw, David Shrigley, TM SISTERS, David Tamargo, Ken Tanaka, Aya Takano and FriendsWithYou. FWY will present “Godly,” an inflatable sculpture showcased at Art Basel 2010 Building Blocks exhibition. This piece represents the pursuit of perfection and the understanding that never reaching that perfection is perfect or “Godly” itself. The show will open July 9th 2011 and remain on exhibit at the Royal/T gallery in California through November 2011

Location: Royal/T
8910 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
T 310 559 6300
Gallery Hours: 10am - 6pm daily

Friday, May 13, 2011

I Am Your Grandma Video

Wow, I made a video entitled, I AM YOUR GRANDMA, and the press has been insane.
First Vice wrote about it, CBS covered it and in 24 hours, over 20,000 people viewed it. Some love it, hate it, equate it to Gaga, and debate which mask they prefer to bang.

I would like to thank all the talented people involved with this video, please check them out on their sites!
Lyrics and Video: Jillian Mayer
Musical Score: Michael John Hancock
Director of Photography: Daniel Fernandez
Costumes: Wildchild World
Assistant Director/Producer: Lucas Leyva
PA: Laila

premiered at the Borscht Film Festival
miami, fl, usa

digital premiere at vice magazine online

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Thank You for attending

Thanks to all who attened my first ever solo show, Family Matters, at David Castillo Gallery! It will be up till May 7th incase you would like to check it out!

It felt like a birthday.

Show press:

Here are some links to show images:
Los Simpones

We As Me video

Girl watching WE AS ME

Kayla and Susan in the LAWN PERFORMANCE


Here are some links to the videos that were included in the show:

I Am Your Grandma

Giving Birth To Myself

We As Me (in 3-D)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Borscht Film Festival/ New Project$ & Neat Thing$/ Uncle Luke/ Strange Grandparents/ Fabric Workshop/

Here is a still from my new video, debuting at the Family Matters at show on Saturday!
Entitled, I Am Your Grandma, which is a gift to my unborn grandchild. Thank you WildChild World for your costumes and talent that blows minds on the daily.


I am honored to get a short film commission from Borscht!!!!!

Here is some press on the festival:

Miami Art Zine

Here is a still from my Borscht Film Festival commission.

Luther Campbell (Uncle Luke) from 2Live Crew shines brightly in this new and werid art film extravanga.

Read about it:





To make this year even better, Carlos Rigau's Kissing, Fighting, Dancing travels from the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space to Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philly. This is my second video to ever play in Philly!!! Man, I miss it over there! Sesion 31!!!!! Check out this amazing free podcast of my talented friend, Dj Skeme Richards if you love PA too!

David Castillo Gallery presents Jillian Mayer's Family Matters, Reception Saturday, April 9, 6-9 pm

Here is the press release for my upcoming show! So excited!! Hope you can make it!

David Castillo Presents

Jillian Mayer
Family Matters

April 9 - May 7, 2011
Reception Saturday, April 9, 6-9 pm

David Castillo Gallery is proud to present Jillian Mayer's solo exhibition Family Matters. Adopting a varied command of performance, sculpture, video, and drawing, Mayer's work is a hybrid of media culture.

The artist forays into the pseudo-science of young adulthood, the chemistry of love and relationships, and the tipping point of paradox with all the saturation of 1980s Saturday morning television. While the intuition of Penny from Inspector Gadget or the cleverness of Gadget from Rescue Rangers defeated a villain each week, Mayer's work reads as excerpted frames from nonlinear narratives. Unlike scripted television, Mayer guarantees no resolution, and the viewer is left pondering long past thirty minutes.

Mayer's protagonists are young people and anthropomorphic animals searching for a lodestar in an age when the glow of personal laptops and urban neon renders the night sky unreadable. In the perpetual dawn or dusk of our technological, virtual, intrapersonal, and experienced realities, Mayer identifies both imagination and captivity, rudimentariness and neo-futurism, popular entertainment and moral critique of which Beatrix Potter would approve. The Tale of Peter Rabbit is as inwardly complex and tragicomic as the cartoons, and later sitcoms, that provided stability through Mayer's nomadic upbringing.

In Getting to know you, an ongoing series that exists as performance, sculpture, and photographs, participants position themselves inside cut-out board scenes reminiscent of amusement park photo ops. The adopted milieu is often a disconcerting domestic realm with an air of passivity despite the contortion of the participant's body. Participants flop like mute ventriloquist dolls caught between two worlds-- literally part of Mayer's object narrative-- Peter Rabbit and Roger Rabbit-- a tourist in their own time.

Mayer's video work also explores disturbance within calmness, perversity within cuteness, and perniciousness within sentimentality. Inspired by her own teacup Chihuahua, Mayer uses the relationship between humans and domesticated animals to comment on the nuclear family, gender roles, dominant and submissive relationships, and the trope of heterosexual love. Her work is a contemporary incarnation of Potter's Museum of Curiosities, that barometer of Victorian culture that used sweet but stuffed rabbits, kittens, and guinea pigs to portray elaborate scenes of daily life.

The artist's nationality is youth and her conflict is one between personal identity and contemporary displacement. The seemingly passive act of watching television or staging participants in a performance of inaction for Getting to know you, is as Rush famously sings: "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."

Jillian Mayer was born in Miami, FL and received her BFA from Florida International University in 2007. She has participated in exhibitions in the US and Europe. In 2010, the artist's work was one of the 25 selections for the Guggenheim's Youtube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video. As part of the Guggenheim's Creative Video Biennial, the artist's work was exhibited at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain; and Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany. Upcoming for the artist are the group show Fighting, Kissing, Dancing, curated by Carlos Rigau, at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, opens May 2011, and a solo project in December 2011, Fanimaltastic at the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami.

Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 5pm and by appointment

David Castillo Gallery
+1 305 573 8110 Telephone
2234 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33127
United States

Saturday, January 29, 2011


Congrats to Borscht Film for producing XEMOLAND, which was selected as an animated short at Sundance 2011.

I am an art director over at Borscht Film Festival. and they are commissioning me for a short film in the next few months. I tagged along with them to Sundance to see what's going on in the mountains of Park City, Utah.

I assumed everything I saw there would be great, since the selections beat out thousands of competitors....but there were some real big suckers.

Two movies I was very found of were: The Woman and Kaboom!
Two movies I am sad I missed: The Future by Miranda July and The Terry's by Tim and Eric...luckily they are making a feature!

10-30 degree weather wrecks a Florida girl, but that's ok.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Showing at Vox Populi in Philly

Jan. 7th 2011, Vox Populi Gallery


Friday, January 7, 7 pm

Our first annual video festival, a screening juried by Rachel Cook. The videos will be looped through the month of January.

Karen Ostrom, The End
Julia Sherman, The Audience Reacts
David Politzer, A Rousing View of Nature's Magnificence
Kara Dunne, Ag dul sios an Straighre
Katie Cercone, Queen Candy Bile
Justin Lincoln, 09/22/2010 blogmix
Skote, Dump
Justin Lincoln, Color Grid I
Jillian Mayer, How My Best Friend Died
Julia Landois, Indelible
Esfandyar Poozesh, Eden
Skote, Treasure Island
Tara Kelton, Time Travel
Jessica Mallios, 1:1
Skote, Catalogue
David Politzer, You Are Listening to Metallica Because...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

CES in Vegas

HP/Intel just flew myself, Lucas, Christen Bach and Henrik Sjørslev out to talk about our video art at a special Intel party during CES in the amazingly lit Las Vegas. I was very excited to go and record many of the beautiful lights of the crazy werid city.