MASS Gallery
507 Calles Street Suite 108
Austin, TX 78702

MASS CLOSE ENCOUNTERS is pleased to present the first installment in a mixtape exchange between EXTENDED TECHNIQUE artists David X. Levine and Xochi Solis. Prompted by Solis’ invitation, Levine reveals his thoughts about some of his most treasured tracks. Please enjoy this mix and stay tuned for more! To view David’s track notes click the mix title to jump to the player on the 8 Tracks site.


Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, here is, Xochi Solis’ response David X. Levine’s mix! Check out these lovely tunes and make sure to click the mix title to see Xochi’s track notes. As an extra bonus Xochi has made her mix available as a single track you can take with you on the go. Just click the download link and enjoy!



David X Levine was born in Boston, MA, and currently resides in New York City.  He creates intimate to monumental scale abstract drawings with collaged elements taken from high art, popular music and television. Early in his career Levine discovered that he could accurately render the same figure with incredible precision. This precision and his smooth blocks of color (lacking telltale marks) give his laboriously rendered drawings a sense of being mechanically reproduced. In person his surfaces have the luminosity of an oil glaze. This result is accomplished by applying numerous layers of colored graphite, which Levine buffs to a near mirror finish.  Inspired by the music that surrounds him, the critic Michael Wilson describes Levine’s work as, “the blending of a million beats into a visual wall of sound.”

Xochi Solis is a native Tejana, living and working in Austin, TX. Like every good improviser Solis is a collector. Among the things she collects are records, papers, pigments, images, quotes and experiences. The improviser’s art is built from these deep catalogs, it is what allows the artist to act in the moment and it is the structure of intuition.  Solis begins her work with a reflection on a mood, often represented by snip of a lyric from a popular song or a turn of a phrase. Then come the materials: hand-dyed paper, vinyl, plastic, cork, images from books, and gestural marks in paint. The materials are shaped and stacked with each layer being contingent on the previous.  Her process produces an archive of her interaction with her materials in geological layers. The resulting work is harmonious layers of frozen melody that push and pull between the gestural, the natural and built environment, collage, painterly abstraction and the sculptural. MASS gallery is pleased to be debuting Xochi Solis’ first works published with Pele Prints, a collaborative printmaking studio.


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.