art gallery & residency

Above: MOMO’s exhibition “Butt Joints,” installation view

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Butt Joints

May is a raw bunker-like space by the St Claude Rail Yard, perfect for oversized installations. Butt Joints describes the method of marrying plywood together that will help us build something large yet simple within May’s space. Paint applied to these wooden forms will demonstrate my mural techniques and concerns, with the aim of revealing something about paint in space and our sensual experience of it.

I’m very happy to create a show in New Orleans. I’ve been visiting when I wasn’t living here, since 2001, and I owe a lot to this place and it’s great people. – MOMO

Butt Joints is a solo exhibition comprised of all new context specific artwork. MOMO’s current creative trajectory has led him further into color theory, abstract geometric constructions, and layering. MOMO’s work is typically considered outdoor art, or work made for the public, lending to its broad accessibility and popularity. Additionally, his work is so visually and conceptually accessible, making it easy and enjoyable to view and relate to. His exhibition at May will consist of a floor to ceiling wall mural, colorful large scale hanging sculptures, paintings on canvas, prints, and signed limited edition zines.

Born in San Francisco, MOMO has travelled most of his life, lived in New York for six years and currently keeps a studio in New Orleans. He has collaborated with Marie Lorenz, Melissa Brown, Piet Dieleman, Eltono, and Yohji Yamamoto. In 2008 Rojo published his first monograph “3AM-6AM”, in 2012 Studio Cromie published his second, “In 74 Pieces”. In 2009 Y-3/Adidas produced the “MOMO” shoe after a collaborative F/W Y-3 show on a 5000 sq ft catwalk mural. Arts residency The Studios of Key West hosted his “Public Art in Private Spaces” project in Key West, Florida in 2010. In 2011 the Fountainhead Residency in Miami hosted production of his “Miami Paintings” series.

Below: Photos from the opening reception of Butt Joints at May gallery & residency


Below: MOMO’s installation from the exhibition titled Hecho En Oaxaca at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, curated by Pedro AlonzoOther artists includeDate Farmers, Dr. Lakra, How & Nosm, Lapiztola, Nunca, Retna, Saner, StenLex, Swoon, Vhils, Yescka. Open through September.


Below: One of the many interventions from a collaborative public installation titled as “Improbables”, French for Improbables. With MOMO and Eltono in Besançon, France.