MASS Gallery
507 Calles Street Suite 108
Austin, TX 78702

MASS Close Encounters is pleased to present a special performance by Jared Theis. The artist’s vivid and visceral body of work exists in a utopian universe populated by a species of fanciful creatures of his own design. The artist builds mythologies surrounding the inhabitants of this fantastical environment through video, animation, performance, objects and sculptural suits. The artist’s suits and environments exist primarily as vehicles to enter his imaginary worlds and provide settings and protagonists for his imaginative video works.  For this evening’s program Theis will present a rare public performance utilizing his sculptural suits and built environments. Returning to an earlier sound investigation Theis will employ his sculptures as musical instruments. Please join us on March 25th to witness this seldom seen aspect of Jared Theis’ creative practice. 

This performance is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Body Talk, on view March 11 – April 16, 2016. 


Body Talk is a group show featuring work which uses the body as a vehicle to explore the psychological, social, political and theatrical life of living bodies and the spaces they inhabit.


Jared Theis was born in 1977. He currently works between Oslo, Norway and San Antonio, Texas. In 2012, he earned an MFA from the University of California, Davis. While at UC Davis he received a Joan Mitchell MFA grant and the Robert Arneson Award. In 2014 he was awarded a Statens kunstnerstipend from Kulturradet, Norway Arts Council in Oslo.


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.