MASS Gallery
507 Calles Street Suite 108
Austin, TX 78702

MASS: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS presents a closing party for current exhibition Proxemics with a special performance by Austin-based performer p1nkstar, with special guest Y2K. Join us at MASS Gallery this Friday, February 23rd at 7 PM to get one last view of the exhibition and see some bodies in action!

p1nkstar (ur fav electr0nic pop superstar!!) performs futuristic multimedia live sets which include video transitions, projection mapping, hologram illusions, lights and choreographed numbers with backup dancers, outfit changes, guest performers, etc., all while singing catchy electropop songs about partying or being cute or sex! p1nkstar is the pop star of the post-queer-takeover future. p1nkstar was one of the headlining acts for the 2017 edition of gAyCL; other notable performances include OUTsider Fest 2018, ARTBASH 2017 by Austin Art Alliance, Y’all or Nothing (a SXSW showcase by Stargayzer Fest and Mouthfeel), and Magical Realness at the Museum of Human Achievement.

R U ready 2 Y2kiki? Yung Kwane (Y2K)  the desirous virus hacking her way into the motherboard of ATXs queer underground scene, reprogramming your hearts and minds to a vibration right in time with the bit rot of a nation swimming in adulation of glowing screens and its obsessive need for a glowing queen. Pushing the craft to new heights, Y2K has become known for her impressive projection mapping performances and innovative use of technology. A recognizable face in Austin’s burgeoning queer art scene, Yung Kwane can most often be found performing at underground events and queer parties.

On view until February 24th, Proxemics is an exhibition featuring six artists who wield the human body as a tool for communication through character creation, distortion, and documentation:  Ben Aqua (Austin, TX), Felipe Baeza (Brooklyn, NY), Xavier Schipani (Austin, TX), Silky Shoemaker (Oakland, CA), riel Sturchio (Austin, TX), and Jaimie Warren (Brooklyn, NY).

Bodies, selves, others, and other selves are presented in unrestricted and unapologetic forms. These figures take up space, and new contexts are laid bare. Representations transcend classic depictions of the human form, investigating perceptions of assumed, controlled, or reclaimed identity. In proximity to each other, the work in Proxemics examines how a body may be critiqued or claimed, presented or perceived.

With each exhibition, MASS solicits 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, 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.