Aspen Mays
Sun Ruins
September 7 - October 16, 2011
Reception: September 10, 6 - 9pm
New York

Golden Gallery is proud to present Aspen Mays as the first exhibition of our fourth year, and mark the first exhibition in our new Bowery/Chinatown location at 120 Elizabeth Street, New York.

In 2010, Mays arrived in Santiago, Chile as a Fulbright scholar, only five days before the massive earthquake shook the entire region.  During her 365-day residency, Mays developed relationships with Chilean astronomers, where she had free reign over the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Chile's abandoned darkroom.

The artist had unrestricted access to unused vintage photographic paper & chemicals, as well as countless rejected prints, negatives, and ephemeral material from the lab's archive, ranging the latter half of the twentieth century. Such materials were physically and visually essential to the conception and production of Mays' recent body of artwork.

Press release (pdf)
Checklist (pdf)
Mays CV (pdf)

"Sun Ruins," The New Yorker, 2011.
Holland Cotter, The New York Times, 2011.
Anne Doran, Time Out New York, 2011.
"Always the Young Strangers," The New Yorker, 2011.

1_The Sun 1957, Aspen Mays

Aspen Mays, The Sun 1957, 2010, 25 Silver gelatin prints, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.

Sun Ruins install
3_Cerro Calan

Aspen Mays, Cerro Calán, 2011, Burn masks and Kodak box, 20.75 x 14.75 inches, Unique.

4_Cerro Calan_closeup, Aspen Mays

Aspen Mays, Cerro Calán (detail), 2011, Burn masks and Kodak box, 20.75 x 14.75 inches, Unique.

5_Sun Ruins install, Aspen Mays

Installation view

6_Sun Ruins install, Aspen Mays

Installation view

7_Punched out stars 5, Aspen Mays

Aspen Mays, Punched out stars 5, 2011, Silver gelatin print, 7.75 x 6 inches, Unique.

8_Punched out stars 6, Aspen Mays

Aspen Mays, Punched out stars 6, 2011, Silver gelatin print, 9.75 x 8 inches, Unique.

9_Punched out stars 9, Aspen Mays

Aspen Mays, Punched out stars 9, 2011, Silver gelatin print, 7 x 4.5 inches, Unique.

10_Punched out stars 4, Aspen Mays

Aspen Mays, Punched out stars 4, 2011, Silver gelatin print, 6.5 x 4.25 inches, Unique.

11_Punched out stars 11, Aspen Mays

Aspen Mays, Punched out stars 11, 2011, Silver gelatin print, 11.75 x 15.5 inches, Unique.

12_Sun Ruins install, Aspen Mays

Installation view

13_January 1957, Aspen Mays

Aspen Mays, January from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin prints, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.

14_February 1957, Aspen Mays

Aspen Mays, February from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin prints, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.

15_March 1957, Aspen Mays

Aspen Mays, March from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin prints, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.

16_April 1957, Aspen Mays

Aspen Mays, April from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin prints, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.

17_May 1957, Aspen Mays

Aspen Mays, May from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin prints, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.

18_June 1957, Aspen Mays

Aspen Mays, June from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin prints, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.

19_July 1957, Aspen Mays

Aspen Mays, July from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin prints, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.

20_Mays_Aug A_sideview

Aspen Mays, August from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin print, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.

21_Mays_Sept A_sideview

Aspen Mays, September from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin print, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.

22_October 1957, Aspen Mays

Aspen Mays, October from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin prints, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.

23_December 1957, Aspen Mays

Aspen Mays, December from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin prints, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.

Aspen Mays, The Sun 1957, 2010, 25 Silver gelatin prints, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.Sun Ruins installAspen Mays, Cerro Calán,  2011, Burn masks and Kodak box, 20.75 x 14.75 inches, Unique.Aspen Mays, Cerro Calán (detail),  2011, Burn masks and Kodak box, 20.75 x 14.75 inches, Unique.Installation viewInstallation viewAspen Mays, Punched out stars 5, 2011, Silver gelatin print, 7.75 x 6 inches, Unique.Aspen Mays, Punched out stars 6, 2011, Silver gelatin print, 9.75 x 8 inches, Unique.Aspen Mays, Punched out stars 9, 2011, Silver gelatin print, 7 x 4.5 inches, Unique.Aspen Mays, Punched out stars 4, 2011, Silver gelatin print, 6.5 x 4.25 inches, Unique.Aspen Mays, Punched out stars 11, 2011, Silver gelatin print, 11.75 x 15.5 inches, Unique.Installation viewAspen Mays, January from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin prints, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.Aspen Mays, February from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin prints, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.Aspen Mays, March from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin prints, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.Aspen Mays, April from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin prints, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.Aspen Mays, May from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin prints, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.Aspen Mays, June from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin prints, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.Aspen Mays, July from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin prints, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.Aspen Mays, August from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin print, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.Aspen Mays, September from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin print, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.Aspen Mays, October from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin prints, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.Aspen Mays, December from the series The Sun 1957, 2010, Silver gelatin prints, 15.5 x 11.5 inches each, Edition 1 of 2.