MASS Gallery
507 Calles Street Suite 108
Austin, TX 78702

MASS’s Hotbox residency program transforms the gallery space into a working studio for 5 weeks of the summer. This residency program opens the space to artists interested in participating in self-directed residencies in Austin, TX. This open call offers up to 2 individual residency spots every summer over a 5 week period. The length of each residency will be determined by the particular interests of each applicant with a maximum of 5 weeks total. While applicants may be at any stage of their career, MASS is particularly interested in nurturing projects that would not be realized otherwise. MASS’s goal is to provide our gallery as studio spaces, give artists the opportunity to explore new ideas or practices, and allow the participating artists to engage with the Austin community.

Each artist accepted as a Hotbox resident is obliged to participate in MASS’s public engagement series, Close Encounters. Close Encounters is a program designed to provide new methods of engaging the public’s curiosity. Open and broad, this prompt can be approached from a multitude of ways: performative, passive, or completely radical in execution or thought, this program is a challenge to the artist, as well as the audience, and designed to provide a new way of encountering and understanding the creative process.

MASS is pleased to present the artists selected for the 2014 Hotbox residency program this summer: Lauren Klotzman (Austin, TX) and Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya (Akirash) (Austin, TX).


Lauren Klotzman (b. 1987, Victoria TX) was trained in Studio Practices, Art History, Performance Studies and Poetics at Sarah Lawrence College, Naropa University, and Rhode Island School of Design. The diversity of Klotzman’s work spans a wide breadth, encompassing painting, video, new media, conceptual writing, choreography, sculpture, and art criticism. In refuting categorical distinction or genre, she thrives by merging forms and utilizing whatever media or techniques are necessary to communicate the ideas at hand, with an emphasis on conceptualism, historical commentary, social critique, and theoretical engagement. A former resident of Houston, Marfa, and New York, she presently lives and works in Austin TX.

Klotzman will be using the residency in a three-pronged approach which focuses upon movement, dance, video, data and poetics. Firstly, drawings and text-based scores will be produced throughout the residency as both editioned and singular objects. Meanwhile, the artist’s studio will be transformed into a green screen studio, where friends, acquaintances, family members and strangers will be interviewed on set, and their movements recorded via various technologies/data formats (video, depth mapping, motion capture). This data will then be transformed by Klotzman into video-choreographies.  The residency will conclude with a series of these scores being performed by a group of dancers/movement practitioners as a part of MASS Gallery’s “Close Encounters” Series.

Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya known as Akirash (b. 1973, Lagos Nigeria) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work looks at moments, time, place, and people within their environment. He majored in biochemistry until he heard his calling for art. He began to study fine art and applied art at the Institute of Textile Technology, Arts, and Design Oregun – Lagos State, Nigeria. He moved to the Republic of Benin after graduating in 1996 and, since settling down in Accra, Ghana, in 2001, he has traveled to many countries to feed his hunger for new ideas and techniques, taking part in seminars, biennials, workshops, and both solo and group exhibitions. In 2000, he founded an art non-profit organization called ARTWITHAKIRASH and the intervention has contributed to the development of communities and allowed many women and children to get off the street. He allows the community to take control of his public art, believing the public will take care of the final result. His projects tend to incorporate performances to educate the community and share experiences. Since 2011, Akirash has resided in Austin, Texas. 

One of Akirash’s ongoing projects, which he will be continuing throughout the Hotbox Residency, involves black and white body painting. He combines patterns, logos and designs painted directly onto his subjects’ bodies to reference the communication of marriage, ceremony, festival, and funeral. He is looking for volunteers to paint onto for a public performance occurring later in his residency (see images for examples). Volunteers can be male, female, adult or child. If you or someone you know may be interested, please contact for more information.



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.