January 30, 2015

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Press Release

THE STAGE IS A CAGE • A performative exhibition by Emily Mast • January 30th, 2015 at 8:30PM

Emily Mast presents a paradigmatic juggling act!

Her performative work, The Stage is a Cage, deftly postures and posits zoomorphic preeminence, the reification of psyche, and the paradoxical captivity of artistic conception, through a sensuous process of sculptural, pictorial, and performative genesis.

The performance will produce a primal sketch — a monumental work on paper and a sculptural set — that will be included in Mast’s upcoming solo exhibition at La Ferme du Buisson in France. Museum as Retail Space will present the only public performance of the work; The Stage is a Cage is the first commercially available performance piece by Mast.

The exhibition will run approximately 45 minutes. A champagne toast to celebrate the launch of MaRS to follow.
Emily Mast is a multimodal artist expounding the dialectic of performance art as founded by Jackson Pollock and Saburo Murakami. Her work has been exhibited at LACMA, the Hammer Museum, Public Fiction, and Night Gallery in Los Angeles; Performa, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space, and Simone Subal Gallery in New York; and Galeria Luisa Strina in São Paulo.

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EMILY MAST (b. 1976, Cleveland) lives and works in Los Angeles. She creates performances and ephemeral installations that incorporate bodies, movement, sound and idiosyncratic experience to exhibit uncertainty as live sculptural material.  

Her work has been exhibited at LACMA, the Hammer Museum and Night Gallery in Los Angeles; and  Performa, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space and Simone Subal Gallery in New York; and Galeria Luisa Strina in São Paulo. Emily has been an artist-in-residence at the Headlands, Yaddo and Skowhegan. She is the recipient of a California Community Foundation Fellowship, a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award and a CCI Investing in Artists Grant.