Aspen Mays is 30 years old and three quarters.
MOSSLESS: You’ve got a degree in Anthropology as well as a Masters in Photography. What are the advantages of having started studying something completely different?
ASPEN MAYS: I think the most tangible advantage is that I feel comfortable with and open to working with folks outside of the arts. Research drives my practice in many ways, and I think that strategy of art-making comes from having a different background and understanding other approaches to curiosity and information-gathering.
ML: Explain what your Einstein Rainbows are about in three sentences.
AM: Three fragments: Obsession with genius.
Ordering/classification of information.
Gravity & Color.
ML: Who to you look up to in photography?
AM: Gabriel Orozco was an early touchstone for me. I’m drawn to artists whose practice includes a very expansive view of what a photographic work could be. There are several artists in the collector’s guide that I know from my time in Chicago and I’m inspired by all of their work: Jill Frank, Jessica Labatte, Casey McGonagle, Helen Maurene Cooper, Adam Ekberg.
ML: Where to from here?
AM: I just got back to the US (last week!) after a year of living abroad in Chile working on a Fulbright Fellowship. This is my first week in Los Angeles as my new home base. So that’s where I’m at, geographically speaking! So I’m very much in the midst of trying to get my bearings and to sort through my experience in Chile both emotionally and mentally. I’ll be presenting my first solo show in New York this Fall in GOLDEN Gallery’s new space on Lower East Side.