Opening Friday, August 23rd 7-10 pm
MASS Gallery presents Andy Rihn’s Texas’ Longest Hammer Choir, a psychedelic worksong, film and denim-heavy installation experience. Conceived and directed by Texas artist Andy Rihn, and initially supported by a grant from The Idea Fund, Texas’ Longest Hammer Choir is an original art happening, filmmaking experience, and evolving installation. The original happening occurred on November 12, 2011 and starred 200 denim-clad musicians striking hammers head-to-head, creating a modern worksong in a windy, East Austin dirt farm. A crew in a lumbering, denim-covered, armadillo-shaped cart filmed the performance. Texas’ Longest Hammer Choir at MASS will fill the gallery with the two films, the film cart, the worksong Prelude to the All Night Dust Bowl, hundreds of pairs of deconstructed blue jeans and the hammers. This will be the fourth and final celebration of this mysterious, psychedelic, Texas happening. The exhibition is included in the 2013 Texas Biennial.
Andy Rihn was born in 1975 in San Antonio, Texas and raised in South Texas. In the last 15 years he has founded and starred in a performance art group, recorded with a U.S. touring French rock band, carried on an annual prank postering campaign, hosted an interview show for Volcom Ent., and released a book with Monofonus Press titled, The Tiger’s Last Tooth.
His installations, performances, sculptures, and drawings have shown at Okay Mountain, Gallery Lombardi, Common House, The LMNL, and other Texas galleries. He has also had solo shows at Monofonus Compound and Yellow Jacket Social Club, as well as creating and curating shows for El Cosmico in Marfa, Highwire Arts of San Antonio and Darkroom Gallery, Frontera Fest, and Fusebox @ Okay Mountatain.
In 2011 Rihn was the recipient of a grant from The Idea Fund, through The Andy Warhol Foundation, and created and directed Texas’ Longest Hammer Choir, a large-scale art, music and film happening. This happening has turned into an multi-media installation shown in Marfa, San Antonio, and Austin.
He currently lives and works in Austin, Texas with his wife and two children.
MASS Gallery is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com