MASS Gallery
507 Calles Street Suite 108
Austin, TX 78702

MASS Close Encounters presents sculptors Julie Moon and Rick Mansfield in conversation about the work on view in MASS’s final exhibit of 2014, Green Zone. Both Moon and Mansfield are known to meld inanimate objects and expressions of the body into narrative driven, totem-like sculptures and will take the opportunity during this afternoon artist talk to address their year-long process of collaboration. Refreshments provided.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Julie Moon and Rick Mansfield: Green Zone, on view November 7 – December 13, 2014.


This most recent series of ceramic sculptures are floral/botanical still life’s. The inspiration for this work stems from my interests in applied arts (such as textile design, ceramic art and graphic design,) the pattern and decoration movement as well as post impressionist paintings. In addition to these interests, my contributions for Green Zone comes from my interest in nature and ideas connected to beauty and desire.  

Traditionally, the origins of the still life are often located within the commodification of the natural world.  Romantic notions of nature, evoke feelings of sentiment, desire and truth.  In a way, these still life’s, because they are inspired by cultural representations of nature, reflect my relationship to and my distance from it.  –Julie Moon

My work is a commentary upon American society. It is the outcome of creating, collecting, and reconfiguring the symbols and objects of this culture. The sculptures address the relationships — and often conflicts — in society; between consumer, religious and historical dogmas and the unique interpretations each individual brings to an experience.

My goal is to create pieces that produce laughter, introspection and, sometimes, indignation. I want to pull viewers into my world and let them see these objects together in a challenging narrative, The process of making artwork is a constant struggle, because I want it to say something that is, to me profound. In this effort to create a compelling piece, new directions surprise me and that is where the satisfaction and pleasure of making sculpture becomes real. -Rick Mansfield


With each exhibition, MASS will solicit 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: performative, 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.