Everett Mayo’s “Out of Savannah”
Edgecombe Arts will present the works of Franklin County artist Everette Mayo in the Hobson Pittman Memorial Gallery September 15 through October 15. An opening reception and gallery talk will be held in the gallery starting at 5:30pm on Thursday, September 15.
This exhibition, “Out of Savannah,” is viewed as a show of abstract art. “Why abstraction?” he explains, “there are a number of reasons, some are philosophical, some are aesthetic, and some are personal.” He continues, “in the early 80s at some point in my career I chose to quit landscape and generify or eliminate what figurative references I might make in a composition. In a moment of 360-degree lucidity I acknowledged how God does landscape sublime and after fifteen years I should stop fooling around. So, in 1982 I quit painting landscape because God did it better.”
According to Mayo, abstraction is first and foremost aesthetic . . . it’s about material, form and color. Removed from the angst, sentimentality and rendering skills of pictorial subjects, abstraction asks those same things but without the who, where, and when leaving the painter with the what. The what is wide open as a visual consideration.
“Sometimes obtuse yet concomitant with my sense of humor and personal obsessions, I hope to make what I paint beautiful…two months in Savannah last spring absorbing time and photographing cast iron did me no harm. See what you think,” he says.