TRANSMISSION Artist Focus: Emily Mast

16 Jan

Leading up to “TRANSMISSION: Part 1 and Part 2” – a traveling two-night video exhibition – we will feature one artist in the show every few days on this blog. “Part 1″ will take place at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock (7:30-9:30pm) on January 24th, and “Part 2″ will be at the Orange County Museum of Art (5:00-7:00pm) on February 8th. Today’s focus is interdisciplinary artist Emily Mast.

Says the artist:

“I make performances and ephemeral installations that incorporate bodies, movement, sound and idiosyncratic experience to exhibit uncertainty as live sculptural material. At the heart of my practice is a distrust of the ideal of truth, which manifests itself through collaborations in which the co-construction of knowledge is key. By working with a diverse range of people in a very personal way, we are able to create our own truths through collective experience. I am therefore continually redefining notions of authorship while affirming my role as an artist… My practice exists across and between disciplines. I attach myself to writing, theater, choreography, sociology, psychology and education and use them as tools in the rich territory of art. Every encounter results in the creation of a physical and visual lexicon that is unique to the particular exchanges experienced. This insistence on communication and human interaction results in volatile works that aim to provoke real rather than symbolic consequences.”

Mast’s work has been seen at Performa and Simone Subal Gallery in New York, Mains d’Oeuvres in Paris, MUHKA in Antwerp, Samson Projects in Boston, and LACMA, LACE, REDCAT, the Velaslavasay Panorama, The Onion, Human Resources, Steve Turner Contemporary, the Blackbox and 533 in Los Angeles. Emily has been an artist-in-residence at the Headlands, Yaddo and Skowhegan. She was recently awarded a CCF Fellowship, a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award and a CCI Investing in Artists Grant. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles.



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