MASS Gallery
507 Calles Street Suite 108
Austin, TX 78702

MASS excitedly welcomes The Front—a New Orleans artist-run collective and not-for-profit gallery—to Austin for a group exhibition made up of new work by its current members.

Affectionately known as a “shotgun” house for their linear approach to room design, these dwellings hold architectural connections to the Afro-Caribbean diaspora.  In the past, the shotgun home had a specific connotation to the working class and to renters.  This has dramatically changed in the current urban housing void.

The Front utilizes the form of the shotgun house to emphasize each of our roles in the process of running a collective.  Each of us work individually as artists.  We also have a group identity working in combination to achieve goals that would otherwise prove to be impossible.  The design of our gallery space in New Orleans derives from the classic corner grocery. The shows in our four rooms are experienced in serial sequence like the straight-shot rooms in a shotgun house. Sequences build associations and meaning. As a collective, we seek honest and direct connection between art and audience without intermediary or detour.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

The Front, an artist-run collective and not-for-profit gallery, fosters the development of contemporary art in the city of New Orleans through innovative exhibitions, lectures, screenings, performances, and other arts programming, all of which are free and open to the public. Founded by artists in 2008 amidst the post-Katrina resurgence of New Orleans and committed to a spirit of grassroots DIY determinism, The Front cultivates new and experimental work, in particular from emerging artists, but also from nationally and internationally known artists.

The Front is:

Alex Podesta

Angela Berry

Brooke Pickett

Claire Rau

Cristina Molina

Eddie Lanieri

Cole Wiley

Imen Djouini

Jamie Solock

Jessie Vogel

John Isiah Walton

Jonathan Traviesa

Kyle Bravo

Lee Deigaard

Megan Roniger

Morgana King

Ryn Wilson

Stephanie Patton

Opening Reception refreshments provided generously by JuiceLand.

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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.