Emily Mast

Emily Mast

La Ferme du Buisson

Emily Mast, B!RDBRA!N, 2012. © Emily Mast.

April 24, 2015

Emily Mast
Missing Missing

March 22–June 28 2015

Centre d’art contemporain de la Ferme du Buisson
Allée de la Ferme
77186 Noisiel
Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 2–7:30pm
Silent processions every day at 4pm
Free entrance

T +33 (0) 1 64 62 77 00
contact [​at​] lafermedubuisson.com


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. Part of a tradition that includes Guy de Cointet and Jacques Tati, with references to Mike Kelley and Simone Forti as well, she makes a very personal use of casting, staging, action, text and sound effects in juggling with the boundaries between disciplines and rethinking the connections between exhibition, display and the public.

Her performances and ephemeral installations combine the body, movement, sound and idiosyncratic experience in turning uncertainty into an art material at once sculptural and live. 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 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.

For this first solo exhibition outside the United States, Mast has choreographed a procession through the Art Centre, guiding participants with soundtracks, video projections, theatre lighting and, from time to time, a look-out or a child. Orchestrated as a retrospective yet simultaneously brand new score, the exhibition revolves around a “refrain” of recent drawings and films, stage objects to be handled and the vestiges of a site-specific performance.

Emily Mast works and lives in Los Angeles. In 2014, she staged a roving procession of performances at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) based on the poetry of Joan Brossa and participated in the Made in L.A. biennial at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She also has shown her work at Performa, Simone Subal Gallery and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space in New York, the Galeria Luisa Strina in Sao Paolo, MUHKA in Antwerp, and REDCAT, Public Fiction, Human Resources and, most recently, Night Gallery in Los Angeles.

Sunday, June 21, 10am–6pm

Shuttle tour with Tram (Paris contemporary art network): 
Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris > Mona Bismarck American Center > École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts > Centre d’art contemporain de la Ferme du Buisson 
Booking: +33 (0) 1 53 19 73 50 / info [​at​] tram-idf.fr

In this framework, Emily Mast will offer a tour of her exhibition and a new performance at Mona Bismarck American Center. 

This exhibition is brought to you in partnership with Mona Bismarck American CenterÉcole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de ParisMusée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris and MaRS-Los Angeles. With the support of the Conseil régional d’Île-de France.

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