MASS Gallery
507 Calles Street Suite 108
Austin, TX 78702

OPENING: MAY 15, 7-11 PM

What would a natural history museum of the future look like? Will our mass-consumption of information morph truths into fantasy? Could our society—one obsessed with products, satire, social media, and environmental collapse—be interpreted by future beings as something completely different from our current reality? Which pieces of our present will be remembered in their correct context and which will be misconstrued? Christa Palazzolo and Michelle Devereux examine these questions through drawing, painting, and installation using the form of a natural history museum as their inspiration.

Opening will feature interactive elements & a live performance by Future Caveman (aka Max Juren). 

Michelle Devereux was born in 1982 in Dallas, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bard College in 2004. She moved to Austin in 2005 and since then has co-founded an art circuit tap troupe known as What’s Tappening?!, is a former member of a female-centric video collective called Austin Video Bee, played drums in a band called SSSSTORMSHELTERRRR, released a self-help themed art book with Monofonus Press called Turn this Book Right-Side-Up, had a drawing of a rollerblading alien go viral on the internet, and had a two second youtube “cameo” in Miranda July’s movie, The Future. Her installations, performances, videos, and drawings have been shown locally at Co-Lab, Domy Books, El Cosmico, Mass Gallery, Monofonus Press, Museum of Human Achievement, and Okay Mountain. Other notable recent shows include a two person show at New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles, in addition to a pizza themed group show at Marlborough Gallery in Chelsea. Her recent work is an exploration of the natural world juxtaposed with themes of human excess and novelty using a variety of media, but her love lies in colored pencil and airbrush.

Christa Palazzolo is a painter and musician based in Austin, TX. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Texas at Austin in 2006, and spent a brief two-year stint in NYC shortly thereafter (until she realized how much she missed breakfast tacos). A member of several Austin bands, she’s toured nationally and throughout Europe. Her paintings have been featured in exhibitions in Dallas, Houston & Austin, Texas. Her visual art mixes conceptual portraiture, humor & environmentally-conscious subject matter.

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.