Emily Mast

Based in Los Angeles, American artist Emily Mast works on the cusp between the visual and the performing arts, displacing viewer expectations by tweaking the presentation codes of theatre and dance. Belonging to a tradition that includes Guy de Cointet and Jacques Tati, and with references to Mike Kelley and Simone Forti, she uses idiosyncratic casting, staging, action, text and sound effects to play with the boundaries between disciplines in order to rethink existing connections between exhibition, display and the public. “B!RDBRA!N” (2012), “Offending the Audience” (2011) and “Six Twelve One by One” (2013) are exercises in deliberate “miscasting” of, respectively, a sign-language interpreter, a group of children, and six pregnant women. All of her works involve the development of a world of signs to be deciphered and a deconstruction of the conventions governing language and modes of communication. Her performances have been presented at venues including: the Grazer Kunstverein, Graz (2017); FRAC Occitanie Montpellier (2017); the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2016); La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel (2015); China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles (2015); Mona Bismarck American Center, Paris (2015); Silencio, Paris (2015); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2014); The Hammer Museum LA (2014); Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2014); Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space, New York (2013); Simone Subal Gallery (2013); Public Fiction, Los Angeles (2012); REDCAT, Los Angeles (2012); MUHKA, Antwerp (2011); Human Resources, Los Angeles (2010) and Performa, New York (2009).