A show by Shawna Wangseng (b. in Montana, Master of Fine Arts in Kansas) and Isaac Sandoval (b. in New Mexico, graduated in New Mexico Highlands University and Master of Fine Arts in Kansas)
An interview by Christian Mayeur at World Treasures Traveler’s cafe, Las Vegas, Dec. 28, 2017

Christian Mayeur: What are your sources of inspiration?
Shawna: “I take inspiration from my surroundings, from the environment I’m living in, the everyday, seemingly monotony, I really work with juxtapositions about ordinary and totally different stories. Inspiration comes also along the way the composition is arranged.”
Isaac: “I’m also influenced by my surroundings, and in addition by ZEN Buddhism, meditation, experiencing kind of hatred, opening my experience.”
CM: What kind of music do you like?
Shawna: “Hip hop, indie… older staff”
Isaac: “A wide range, I love Os Mutantes, Portuguese psychedelic music, rap, gangster rap music, but sometimes mellow. I love also this French David Bowie cover
CM: To be an artist, what does it mean?
Shawna: “Introducing aesthetics to everything I do in my life. My home environment, menus for the restaurant, a way of living. Art influences everything! Living creatively, using creativity to solve everyday problems, that’s the way to be an artist”
Isaac: “Create your own environment, create your word and create experiences for others. The big one is just working, being in the studio. The making of it is the big one. To be in there, to do…”
CM: You entitled the show: Southwest Psychedelia. Why?
Isaac: “Some sort of Southwestern weird experience, it could be a vision of a cowboy who ate psychedelic mushrooms. For sure, it’s different from the Old West cliches”.
Reflecting another way of living here. Las Vegas New Mexico is a funky place, we are a product of this”.
Shawna: “Everything is freezed from End of 19th century until 1984. A sort of abandoned and left alone place. Las Vegas is some kind of limbo stage, from another time, and at the same time very lively, with a university, with some revival these 2 or 3 last years.”

CM: Isaac, you are interested by the figure of Ouroboros. What does it mean for you?
Isaac: “It means the again and again cycle, always the same, the eternal return, some rebirth. But my interpretation of the mythic figure of Ouroboros is quite funky. I made it as a donkey who is kissing its own ass – a fun experience, it‘s a joke. The myth is made more relaxed, so that people get engaged in it. It’s funny.”

CM: And dogs and goats, why?
Isaac: “Animals are inspired by Mexican folk art aesthetic, but I decided to make it weirder and more contemporary. My dream is to make a whole farm. I want to give people something to connect with.”
CM: Shawna, tell us about CAR TOWN
Shawna: “I was thinking about the romanticized time of early 70’s. A hay day, a huge part of my dad’s generation. There is a big emphasis on lifestyle of this time, you find many tracks of this in Las Vegas. People are connected to automobiles. People reuse and reuse and reuse. The piece reflects this sort of culture. I moved from painting to fabric because it is the material I can work around with my small daughter.”
Isaac: “She made double sided paintings with dresses.”
Shawna: “It’s a traditional style in a weird way – It’s definitely not what I’m interested to make realistic paintings.”
Isaac: “We work with wood, metal, we love to keep on handling with the new challenges. Every day, the question is: What problems will we solve? I’ve got all this stuff, what can I make from it? There’s always a potential for new avenues.”

CM: Why is art important in Las Vegas?
Isaac: “Art is important, based on practices very approachable for people. We wanted to have an art experience for people that didn’t scare them. A lot of people don’t know how to deal with contemporary art. They think: What am I supposed to feel, to do? People don’t have to feel outsiders.”
At the Skillet*, people make selfies near the works in the restaurant – they feel part of it, they feel connected. It’s art in action, art in a public space and we love it! People don’t know how to react to all the chaos, the stimulus in there. They say: “The Skillet, this is where art is”.

CM: What does it mean to both of you to make a show at Mayeur Projects?
Shawna: “It’s very exciting to have this experience of a solo show in our home town. Mayeur Projects is quite a different venue. It’s exciting for us as artists to be more artists, not only the people who make tacos.”
Isaac: “It’s gonna warm up. We had to simplify. That was a new feeling. We have a lot of pieces. For a solo show in your gallery, we wanted to have a concise voice. When you’re ask to make a solo show in relation with an entire space, you have to put it up. Your voice can change mid-sentence. That’s what happened, and that’s exciting!”

*arty restaurant founded, designed and run by Shawna and Isaac


Southwest Psychedelia – opening event on Friday Dec. 29th

Next Friday night will be full of light and surprises with Shawna Wangseng and Isaac Sandoval’s show: “Southwest Psychedelia”.

Motorcycle chandelier

Congrats to Jill O’Bryan, who was part of 2 shows this year at Mayeur Projects, for her interview in THE Magazine.

Jill O’Bryan


NM, by Jugnet+Clairet – opening reception on Friday September 8th. It will be great !

“The work of Jugnet + Clairet is a game. It engraves and takes away. It restitutes. It binds the atoms, it celebrates entanglements, it puts joy in the mind, it is not known how and by what means, in these sinuosities where thought is dazzled by dry fires, fires without flame.”
Christian Mayeur, Founder and Owner, Mayeur Projects

Excerpt from the upcoming exhibition catalog


Please join us for the Opening Reception Friday September 8, 5-8 pm of Jugnet + Clairet “NM”
Meet the artists and Christian Mayeur, founder of Mayeur Projects

J+C @MayeurProjects(2)

TREASURES – Closing reception on Friday 25, 5-8 pm

Friday, August 25, 5-8pm. Please join us for refreshments, libations and a lively discussion about our amazing artists: Paula Castillo (New Mexico), Virginie Mosse (France/Germany), Jill O’Bryan (New York/New Mexico) and Frank Perrin (France)


Paula Castillo’s works bring enchantment to TREASURES summer group show

As Keiko Ohnuma wrote in Fall 2016 issue of TREND Magazine, “The Forest” are pieces arranged in different groupings, consist of ripped, discarded galvanized steel culverts that Castillo collected from roads in the Santa Fe National Forest. Using the culverts as a mold, she welded together small metal discs left over from a punch press in an echo of their shape and then arranged the prefabricated culverts in a way that suggest vegetable peels, or shed skin, or road-kill snakes – something once alive and then abandoned.“ We are very proud to welcome Paula Castillo at Mayeur Projects for her 1st show in Las Vegas New Mexico. She brings enchantment to our TREASURES summer group show. Other works are strange still lifes and surprizing eagles by French born Virginie Mossé, living and working in Berlin, original editions of half-frame pictures (in boxes of 15 original prints) made in the area by Frank Perrin (living and working in Paris) during his residency last March and wonderful Breath drawings by Jill O’Bryan (living and working in New York City and Northern New Mexico). Please note that a friendly closing reception will happen on Friday August 25th.

Paula Castillo Forest

TREASURES show opening reception welcomed many Rough Riders!

TREASURES show (Paula Castillo, Virginie Mossé, Frank Perrin, Jill O’Bryan) opened the top day of Rough Riders Bikers Rally. Bikers particularly enjoyed Virginie Mossé’s works ! Virginie Mossé was born in France, but lives and works in Berlin.


Frederique Loutz’s drawing on view at Centre Pompidou – Paris

Mayeur Projects is happy to announce that Frédérique Loutz is a member of artists’ selection held for the exhibition organized by MNAM Centre Pompidou for the 10th anniversary of the Prize of the Foundation Daniel and Florence Guerlain for the contemporary drawing. A reception will take place on Tuesday, June 20th in the Centre Pompidou.

It was in 1996 that collectors Florence and Daniel Guerlain created their contemporary art foundation at Mesnuls, southwest of Paris, which staged thematic exhibitions and organised engraving workshops. In 2004, their interests changed and their support was redirected to promoting contemporary drawing. In 2006 they established a prize that was awarded for the first time the following year. The biggest prize awarded for contemporary drawing, this year it celebrated its tenth anniversary. The prize has helped to bring attention to artists of the first rank, often very early in their careers and with very little real visibility in France. The shortlist ranges internationally and does not neglect non-Western artists. Thanks to its quality, and thanks to the generosity of Florence and Daniel Guerlain, the works of several of the winning artists, hitherto absent from the national collections, have been acquired by the Centre Pompidou.



F Loutz Guerlain Pompidou

Charles Ross + Jill O’Bryan – Inside Nature And Time – Opening reception: Friday June 9, 5-8pm

Ross image

Frank Perrin – “Into the West” – Installation view

Installation view, left to right: Moodboard #04; The Big Trail (Arrow); Moodboard #5; Local Fire #01 (Bike); Moodboard #6; Local Fire #05 (Rocking Chair; On the ground: Tumbleweed (barbed wire, tar, gold leaf), each piece unique – all new works produced on site – 2017 – Courtesy Mayeur Projects

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