MASS Gallery
507 Calles Street Suite 108
Austin, TX 78702



MASS Close Encounters is delighted to present one last look at Texas’ Longest Hammer Choir featuring a stump tournament and artist talk with Andy Rihn and his film crew. Don’t miss the fourth and final celebration of this mysterious, psychedelic Texas happening.

Refreshments and the sounds of DJ Capt. Lee Brooks provided.


As an expression of MASS Gallery’s mission to create meaningful and significant moments for artists and viewers to connect, MASS introduces Close Encounters. In line with the continual effort to provide artists with the physical and mental space to challenge and develop their practice, Close Encounters will be a platform for them to reflect on their process while providing new avenues for gallery audiences to experience contemporary practices.


Andy Rihn was born in 1975 in San Antonio, Texas and raised in South Texas. In the last 15 years he has founded and starred in a performance art group, recorded with a U.S. touring French rock band, carried on an annual prank postering campaign, hosted an interview show for Volcom Ent., and released a book with Monofonus Press titled, The Tiger’s Last Tooth.

His installations, performances, sculptures, and drawings have shown at Okay Mountain, Gallery Lombardi, Common House, The LMNL, and other Texas galleries. He has also had solo shows at Monofonus Compound and Yellow Jacket Social Club, as well as creating and curating shows for El Cosmico in Marfa, Highwire Arts of San Antonio and Darkroom Gallery, Frontera Fest, and Fusebox @ Okay Mountatain.

In 2011 Rihn was the recipient of a grant from The Idea Fund, through The Andy Warhol Foundation, and created and directed Texas’ Longest Hammer Choir, a large-scale art, music and film happening. This happening has turned into an multi-media installation shown in Marfa, San Antonio, and Austin. He currently lives and works in Austin, Texas with his wife and two children.

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.