MASS Gallery
507 Calles Street Suite 108
Austin, TX 78702

MASS Gallery is pleased to present Surface Tension, an exhibition of photography and drawing opening Friday, March 1, 2013, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. and running through Saturday, March 30, 2013. The three-person show includes Jarrod Beck (New York, NY), Brooke Berger (San Diego, CA), and Anna Krachey (Austin, TX). The show will present works in diverse media linked through strong material investigations, connections to the physical world and an interest in abstraction.

Beck’s large-scale works of ink on paper can be read as studies of geologic forces and maps of the immeasurable. Presenting large-scale ink drawings and cast gelatin sculptures inspired by his recent experiences in New England, Beck brings subtle energy to natural forms.

Berger’s photographs each present a mysterious space that at first glance suggests a rich otherworldly landscape and slowly reveal themselves to be constructed of common and discarded building materials. Luminous, wild, and yet rigorously fabricated, the images bring wonder to construction site aesthetics.

Krachey presents glimpses of larger constructed worlds through her lush and tightly edited photographs, which are both dark and funny at the same time. Capturing images from backyards, cinema and Las Vegas, the photographs map an uncertain relationship to beauty, glamour and the captured image.

Brought together in Surface Tension, these three artists present reflections of a physical world rationally examined.

BIOS:
Jarrod Beck is an artist with a background in architecture and printmaking. He has been a resident artist at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA and the MacDowell Colony. Beck’s work has been reviewed in the New York Times, The New Yorker and the Austin Chronicle. Beck earned an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University. He is currently a resident at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. His work can be found atjarrodcharlesbeck.com.

Brooke Berger is an artist and teacher living and working in San Diego, California. Berger attended the artist residency Skowhegan in the summer of 2010. She is a graduate of The University of Vermont, where she received her BA in 2002, and Columbia College Chicago, where she earned an MFA. Berger has had recent shows at Zora Space and Tompkins Projects in Brooklyn, 92Y in New York, and a public art installation in Chicago IL. Her work can be found at brookeberger.com.

Anna Krachey was born in Nashua, NH, and earned a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY (2002), a Post Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (2005) and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin (2008). Her work has been featured in Humble Art Foundation’s 31 Women in Contemporary Art Photography, New York, Post-Now at Marty Walker Gallery in Dallas and Perspectives 168 at The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Krachey resides in Austin, Texas and is a lecturer at St. Edward’s University and the University of Texas at Austin. Her work can be found at annakrachey.com.

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.