MASS Gallery
507 Calles Street Suite 108
Austin, TX 78702

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, March 6th, 8-11 p.m

LIVE MUSIC AND ARTIST CONVERSATION: Saturday, March 13th, 2-5 p.m
GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday 7-9 p.m, Saturday 12-5 p.m

To begin our 2010 season, MASS Gallery is pleased to present Over, a new collaborative installation created by Austin-based artists, Ilea Avalos, Andrea Bonin, and Megan Kincheloe.

Over is the group’s collective process of reconciliation between the desire to hold on to time, to remember, and time as an impersonal force. The artists use handmade plaster bricks to create larger structures that represent units of counting and the building blocks of memory. Avalos, Bonin, and Kincheloe share an aesthetic that involves both a sense of structuring as well as collapsing. The project is a meditation on the human process of resolving what ultimately might be loss.

Avalos, Bonin, and Kincheloe are all recent graduates of the University of Texas at Austin where they each received a B.F.A in Studio Art and began the early parts of their collaborative relationship.  They each have shown work independently in various venues around Austin and this is their first full-scale project together.

Over will be on view from March 6th through March 27th.  In addition to the opening reception, MASS invites the public to join us for a day of live music and informal conversation about Over on Saturday, March 13th from 2 – 5 p.m. More details to come, so please check our website for more information.

MASS is an independent, artist-run project space in East Austin committed to presenting compelling work by contemporary artists in a non-commercial setting. Brought together by a shared interest in site-specific and multi-disciplinary contemporary art practice, MASS encourages ambitious, experimental art and curating in film/video, social practice, music, painting, drawing and sculpture that otherwise would not have a voice or venue. MASS seeks to aid emerging artists from Austin, Texas and beyond during a crucial point in their careers, encouraging them to create projects that broaden the usual scope of their art making practice.

Founded in 2006 in a former auto body shop and the current Blue Theater complex, MASS is open to proposals from committed artists and curators.

over rationalized structure
of “nothingness.”  The use of reductive grid, pattern, structure,
omission
entropy
restrain
fixate
struggle for control
visually representing -ration order represented with
submitting to
stoic
self restrained, self denial

human attempt at controlling and structure. made by hand, at times the sentiment leaks through to expose a beautiful release.

connections

conscious, careful, thoughtful structuring and building

pure sentiment depends on the devotion to find order

memory- transform memory, emotion and how we code memory.
memory vs. omission
remembering feeling, releasing
catharsis, capturing something within a sense of hand has to do with a kind of coding a sentiment or memory into something physical
our process is this. doing it and thinking it, past gestures

time

memory

counting. measuring time in our gestures and slide of hand.
grid, relativity
an attempt to grasp the passing time, to own it and control it

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.