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Emily Mast makes performances and installations that incorporate bodies, movement, sound and light as live sculptural material. Her work consists of collaborative practices that celebrate their ambiguous position between art, theater, poetry and dance. She often allows her work to unfold in chapters by proposing iterations and offshoots of the same piece. This comes from a longstanding interest in the imprecision of language, the unreliability of memory and the value of inaccuracy as it relates to systems of belief in contemporary society.
Her five-part project The Cage is a Stage is currently on view in Toronto and was co-produced by The Power Plant and the Blackwood Gallery. Before that, she staged a solo “choreographed exhibition” at La Ferme du Buisson in Noisiel, France, and an 18-part roving procession of performances at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Her video, installation, and performance work was part of the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. Biennial (2014). Mast’s performances have been exhibited at venues including: China Art Objects Galleries Los Angeles (2015); Mona Bismarck American Center, Paris (2015); Silencio, Paris (2015); Night Gallery Los Angeles (2014); Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space New York (2013); Public Fiction, Los Angeles (2012); REDCAT, Los Angeles (2012); MUHKA, Antwerp (2011); Human Resources, Los Angeles (2010) and Performa, New York (2009).
Emily has been an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito; and Yaddo in Saratoga Springs. Please visit emilymast.com for more.
The book she’s re-reading right now is Oeuvres by Edouard Levé and here is the publication that her translations appear in.