In conjunction with the exhibition, Public Access, MASS presents a screening and panel discussion/Q&A with two of Austin’s most prolific video and performance artists, Erica Nix and Max Juren. Both Juren and Nix used the fabricated spaces of the MASS Public Access studio to stage and film a number of performances — from rollerblading aliens to Vagersize exercise tapes — which are currently on view in the gallery. Join us from 5:30 – 7:30 pm on Friday May 3 for drinks, a screening of selected video works by Max Juren and Erica Nix, and a discussion with the artists about their work and their experience creating pieces for the show, moderated by Erin Gentry.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Max Juren makes objects and environments in the form of video, installation, and attempted pop phenomenon product sculptures. He believes in the power of novelty, the gimmick, the absurd, and snacks. His work is concerned with transforming impulse into coherence, and the obvious into entertainment. He lives and works in Austin.
Erica Nix is a photographer and performer. Her main project is Workout with Erica Nix! which combines dance, comedy, and gender politics into a potent and contagiously fun experience.
ABOUT CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
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 exhibiting artists to reflect on their process while providing new avenues for gallery audiences to experience contemporary practices.
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 from 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.