Opening: Friday January 23rd 7-11 pm
MASS Gallery is pleased to announce the first show of our 2015 season!
Friendship and Freedom is a group exhibition of contemporary queer and feminist artworks by Leah DeVun, Edie Fake and the collective known as Nightmare City, presented at MASS Gallery in Austin, TX. The artists in Friendship and Freedom each present work that exists at the crossing of gender, politics, identity, and historical past. Using history as a starting point, the works in Friendship and Freedom express a desire to create ideological and physical spaces in the present for social action, community and camaraderie.
Leah DeVun is an artist and historian living in Brooklyn, New York. Her photographs and installations explore the legacies of feminism — the landscapes of rural lesbian communes, the drag-like costumes of pre-teen obsessive Hannah Montana fans, the contents of a historic gay and lesbian archive — with a special interest in queer and gendered communities, fashion and fandom, memory, politics, and identity. DeVun received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and is currently an associate professor at Rutgers University, where she teaches women’s and gender history.
Edie Fake was born in Chicagoland in 1980. He graduated from the RISD in 2002 and has since clocked time in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Baltimore. He was one of the first recipients of Printed Matter’s Awards for Artists and his collection of comics, Gaylord Phoenix, won the 2011 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel. In 2011 he helped found the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) and writes reviews for the blog Book By Its Cover. Fake currently lives in California where he is an MFA candidate at the University of Southern California.
Nightmare City IS/WAS/WILL BE a project that IS/WAS/WILL BE renowned for video art and installation works such as “Daisies,” “Welcome to Art School,” and “The Pixie Troll Witch Hour: Into the 3AM Void with Carol Anne & Keturah.” Based in Berlin The Nightmares have exhibited videos, installation, performance, whatever at spaces including Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin, Queens Nails Projects in San Francisco, and Vox Populi in Philadelphia. Each Nightmare received an MFA from California College of the Arts in 2006 and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011.