Maya Stovall debuts “1526 (NASDAQ: FAANG)”
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When and where did you make this work? “1526 (NASDAQ: FAANG)” began as a research project in 2018 and continues as an ongoing project. Over the course of a year, I gathered United States historical archives and volumes. From tens of thousands of pages of research, I developed a series of dates, from 1526 to 2019, that reflect critical moments in U.S. history. I am obsessed with words, numbers and time. I thought that neon, which I’ve considered working with for a long time, would be a way to emblazon these dates and facts into collective memory. The research for this work was done in Pomona, Calif., where I’m an assistant professor at California Polytechnic State University, and also in San Francisco, where I spent quite a lot of time in 2019. The neons are these tiny little dates, in buttercream with a soft glow. Postcards accompany the neons. They summarize the actions and events associated with each date.
In 2019, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC) and San Francisco Art Institute presented Maya Stovall: Under New Ownership, an exhibition of the artist’s innovative performance-based interventions in public life.