MASS Gallery
507 Calles Street Suite 108
Austin, TX 78702

MASS: Close Encounters presents a guided meditation, led by workout guru and performance artist Erica Nix. The guided meditation, written by current exhibiting artist and MASS Solo Cup 2015 winner, Maura Murnane, combines Vipassana meditation with themes from the movie The Bodyguard, and meaningful-sounding Photoshop actions.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Fashion Island, on view November 13th – December 19th, 2015.

Titled after ambitiously/dreamily/nostalgically-named shopping districts in the Orange County area, this show consists of oversize prints, not photographs but made from photographic materials; appropriated from a set of consecutively shot images. They are flattened, condensed into a single frame, and then expanded to larger-than-life size. The flux of lossiness appears as waves of high-and-low detail expanding outwards. From digital primordial slush piles, there is a suggestion of figures on a field; people, sort of.

Erica Nix is a photographer and performance artist. Her main project is Workout with Erica Nix! which combines dance, comedy, and gender politics into a potent and contagiously fun experience.

With each exhibition, MASS solicits participating artists to devise a program designed to provide new methods of engaging the public’s curiosity, inviting them to participate intellectually or physically with the exhibition space, as well as the artist’s work and concepts. Open and broad, this prompt can be approached in a multitude of ways: performance based, passive, or completely radical in execution or thought. Close Encounters is a challenge to the artist, as well as the audience, and is designed to provide a new way of encountering and understanding the creative process.

MASS is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.