Unedited conversations between artist in a productive critique  discovering  thesis and processes behind the work.








JUNE 2016



For June, artists Jillian Mayer, Matty Mo, and Matthew Ryan Herget discuss their practice with Olivia Ramos.

Jillian Mayer

Day Off 1

Video, 2016

1 min., 56 sec.

Mo in conversation with Ramos.

Matty Mo

Sound of VR, 2016

Oil on Canvas

36 x 48 in.

In the Collection of Stefan Simchowitz



Herget in conversation with Ramos

Matthew Ryan Herget

Positive Thought Impulses, 2016

Oil, Spray Paint, and Graphite on Canvas

36 x 24 in.


Jillian Mayer


Jillian Mayer is an artist and filmmaker living in South Florida.


Her video works and performances have been premiered at galleries and museums internationally such as MoMA, MoCA:NoMi, BAM, Bass Museum, the Contemporary Museum of Montreal with the Montreal Biennial (2014) and film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, and the New York Film Festival. She was recently featured in Art Papers, ArtNews and Art Forum discussing identity, Internet and her artistic practices and influences. In 2010, her video Scenic Jogging was one of the 25 selections for the Guggenheim’s Youtube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video and was exhibited at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain; and Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany.


Mayer is a recent recipient of the prestigious Creative Capital Fellowship for 2015, the South Florida Cultural Consortium's Visual/Media Artists Fellowship 2011 and 2014, Cintas Foundation Fellowship 2012, and was named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine. She is also a fellow of the Sundance New Frontiers Lab Program for 2014, the Elsewhere Residency as a NEA Southern Constellation Fellow and the Zentrum Paul Klee Fellowship in Bern, Switzerland for 2013.




Matty Mo


The Most Famous Artist




Matthew Ryan Herget


Born December 21st, 1990; Matthew Ryan Herget (MR Herget) is an emerging self-taught artist from Miami, FL.  At 24 years of age, MR Herget has quickly garnered the attention of gallerists, collectors, art patrons, and writers around the world. Since his first showing in 2012, MR Herget has already amassed an impressive track record and collector base spanning numerous countries around the globe. Following his successful 2014 solo debut, "We Are Kings" with Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art, MR Herget packed up everything and moved to Los Angeles, CA. He has exhibited in Miami, Dallas, San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. He has been featured in Juxtapoz and Luxe Magazine, shown during The Armory Art Fair in New York, Art Basel Miami Beach, has been commissioned for large scale real estate projects, will be a featured artist this December during his CONTEXT ArtMiami solo show, and is currently working on upcoming international shows in Mexico, Kuwait, and Bangkok.


MR Herget's work is what he calls, a "constant collaboration" between himself at all points in his life. His paintings are often layered in sketches, notes, "failed" paintings, illustrations from his childhood, or crayon scribbles that coexist with vivid oil paint strokes in which he has coined "contemporary cave paintings." In his work, MR Herget constantly strives to embrace the fearless and confident nature of who he was as a child and partner that with the expanding wisdom of who he is becoming as a professional artist. His earlier paintings consist of juxtapositions of visual metaphors that tend to represent overcoming personal fears and limitations. These juxtapositions mix serious tones with fun imagery, which is again an ode to embracing who he is becoming but at the same time never forgetting where he came from.


In the newest body of work, MR Herget has pushed his boundaries and comfort zone with his "energy studies" in which he has stripped away structure of the image and left it more to interpretation and feeling. MR Herget's paintings have generally consisted of the mediums oil, spray paint, and crayons on canvas. The style of his works have stretched into something much more abstract than we've seen in the past. Thick paint, savage palate knife scrapes, and quick brush strokes, create a timeless feeling of energy on the canvas. Visually, these "energy studies" are vivid and striking. Conceptually, MR Herget has manifested the energy that he feels within himself into something that can be seen. An energy that he refers to as being within all of us.


Being self-taught as an artist, MR Herget quickly learned "the rules" of painting and even quicker, broke them.


“Each piece is a journey in-and-of itself. I’m constantly trying to take it somewhere that I haven’t been before. The way I paint is kind of a metaphor for who I am, and why I’m here. It’s not about taking it to a point where you can see something; it’s about bringing it to a place where you can feel something. We all have a space suit on; whether it sits in the closet or goes to the moon is a choice we get to make. It’s a constant mission of finding ourselves. I think that pursuit is nurtured by consistently pushing ourselves further than we did yesterday. That’s how we change, grow, and evolve. That’s what these paintings are about. It’s pretty simple, but means a lot to me."


MR Herget recently had his debut California solo show, "there's no place like now" with Mugello Contemporary on September 3rd, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA and is currently working on a new body of work for his political and energy study pieces.