Made In L.A. is returning to the Hammer on June 15 and will showcase thirty five emerging and/or under-recognized Los Angeles artists. The show will offer a Public Recognition Award of $25K to an artist that YOU vote on. In order to help you make an educated vote this Summer and get a better sense of all the artists, we’re counting down to Made In L.A. by sharing mini-profiles of each artist.
Emily Mast is a performance artist and video maker who creates meta-theatrical works that deals with language, both physical and verbal.
What does this artist make? Mast is sort of a one woman artsy regional theatre. She thinks up wild ideas and performs or informs performers how to execute them, typically finding underserved physical and verbal languages that need to be discussed or collided together. She is quite a prolific artist who has shown everywhere from Steve Turner to REDCAT to Human Resources to the Roski School, which she attended. Her work is often blunt and confrontational (like Six Twelve One by One which deals with the pregnant body behaving in atypical ways) but sometimes silly and steeped in reference (Offending The Audience uses Peter Handke’s “anti-play” but is performed by children, adding an absurdity to a serious work afforded by juvenile freedom). Works like B!RDBRA!N standout as Mast’s most notable as it is an epic of movement and speech that collides various disciplines—auctioneering, dance, minimalism, geometry, sign language, science—to explore linguistic misinterpretations and multiple meanings. She uses our means of common expression as the jumping off point for serious jokes.
What makes this artist very L.A.? Like many of the artists being shown in Made In L.A., Mast creates work that is without place and that is inspired by that outside of the city. This said, her work has mostly been shown around town and she is wildly successful here. That is probably why her name sounds familiar.
What might this artist bring to Made In L.A.? According to her website, she is bringing a video, live performance, and installation(s) called Ende (Like A New Beginning). No word on what this piece is regarding but, judging from the image released of food being caressed, this could be a physical, verbal mixed metaphor that fetishizes food. Who knows!
Who from the past Made In L.A. will this artist remind you of? Laura Riboli‘s videos that focus on their own visual vocabulary are vaguely reminiscent of Mast.