Trump has been elected. Patriarchy is rampant, and the glaciers are receding. Wars continue with no visible end. Alternative facts are presented as truth, and many artists are feeling a pervading sense of melancholy. With this in mind, MASS presents End of the Whirld, a group exhibition featuring four artists whose work is steeped in dark undertones present in the complexities of Westernized culture. Mike Calway-Fagen, Ted Carey, Robert Melton, and E. Schwinn will exhibit a mix of drawings, collage, photography, sculpture, and installation.
End of the Whirld is on view at MASS from April 28 – June 3, 2017, with an opening reception Friday, April 28 , 7-10pm.
During the opening reception, join us for a Close Encounters program lead by End of the Whirld artist E. Schwinn. Exploring various stereotypes and markers of masculinity, Schwinn invites the public to create their own version of the perfect man from provided paper body parts and a variety of collage materials.
Mike Calway-Fagen is an artist, writer, curator, and educator based in Athens, GA. His work explores vital Materialism, post-humanism, affect, queerness, permanence, entropy, empathy, and the humility of the unhinged body. Collaboration and the relational capacity of sculpture play a big role in Calway-Fagen’s practice(s) having in the past worked with sound technicians, dancers, writers, radio personalities, airplane pilots, children’s choirs, cognitive scientists, architects, linguists, landscape designers, Norma, his Mom, and a host of others from divergent fields. He received his BFA from the University of Tennessee and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego, and also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In the recent past Calway-Fagen opened solo exhibitions at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Ditch Projects in Oregon, Lipscomb University in Tennessee, and a two-person project at the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis. Recent group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, LAXArt in Los Angeles, and NurtureArt in Brooklyn. Mike has attended residencies at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and Sculpture Space in Utica, NY. In the past years Mike has lectured at a number of institutions including, the Universities of California, Tennessee, Oregon, Cincinnati, Alabama, Nevada, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bowdoin College, Auburn, The Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Brigham Young University and others. Mike’s work has been reviewed in Art Papers, World Sculpture Magazine, Art F City, and is the focus of a chapter in a soon-to-be-published book by Elizabeth Sutton, The Phenomenology of Art and Animals (Routledge Press). His recent curatorial projects include Sounds Like, State Park and First Person in Indianapolis, IN, San Diego, CA and Nashville, TN respectively. Calway-Fagen’s essays and reviews can be found in the publication, Number Magazine and online platforms, Temporary Art Review and Burn Away.
Ted Carey is an improv sculptor and abstract turntablist living in Austin Tx.
Robert Melton is a visual artist living in Austin, Texas, where he both attended and taught at the University of Texas. His primary focus is photography and film, and his background is in painting, drawing, and sculpture. He is currently producing photographs and films for his series Water Flowing Underground.
E. Schwinn was born and raised in Utah and now lives and works as an artist in Austin, TX. Earning her MFA from the University of Texas, she uses drawing, collage and paper mache to construct images of the male nude from the female lens. She received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and has exhibited her work at venues including Gallery Two Three in Richmond, VA, School of Visual Arts in New York City, NY, Hermitage Museum in Norfolk, VA, Suffolk Museum in Suffolk, VA and Glasgow School of the Arts in Glasgow, Scotland.