Daphane Park: Learning in Public // MASS Gallery
Mineral beings appeared and built an elaborate wheel with a central bed of rocks to cradle my entirety. They whispered in my ears as they gently placed stones on my physical body. From this experience my health vastly improved. There were messages to ponder. Bethany Johnson and I will act as agents, playfully guiding willing participants to meet the mineral world.
October 10 – 13, 2017, COTFG & MASS Gallery is proud to present our third artist in the Learning in Public performance series, CDMX-based Daphane Park. Park, alongside longtime collaborator Bethany Wade Johnson, will be utilizing rocks and minerals collected from three Central Texas rivers and their environs as the foundation for a meditation on deep, geological time. Their live action, immersive installation, Let’s Meet in the Mineral World!, will activate imagination and explore the reverberation of what and who we are in relation to the mineral world. Minerals are some of our most basic components of place – both the literal fact of what a place is made of and its spirit or metaphysical powers.
Let’s Meet in the Mineral World! includes an original score by Austin composer Henna Chou to further guide visitors into a meditative and hypnotic state.
Tuesday, Oct 10 – Friday, Oct 13
6 – 10pm
Visitors are invited to come and go or return as they please during the above hours.
Daphane Park (CDMX) creates conceptual projects, spaces for transformation, and collaborative performance experimenting with energy and healing ritual. Park’s work maintains the sensibility of her beginnings as a painter and a poet. Her work is an inquiry into mythical realms of humanity and highlights a need to question the basic categories and values through which we look at societies today. This is in part an expression of unifying opposites such as science/spirituality, human/non-human, male/female, micro/macro, idealism/realism, and utopic/dystopic, especially in relation to the multiplicity of the forms of nature. In many of Park’s recent sculpture and installation she works to create an energy field from layering carefully selected materials that emulate the accumulation of life itself. These ‘objects of performance’ are designed to circulate life force energy for anyone to directly participate and decide for themselves.
Bethany Wade Johnson (Austin, TX) has explored the intersection of art and healing for many years with practitioners from all over the world. Her intuitive approach incorporates a wide range of influences, with an emphasis on harmonizing with the cycles of nature and embracing the healing power of unconditional love.
Henna Chou (Austin, TX) is a sound creator & canine enthusiast. Originating from Tucson, Arizona and eventually obtaining a B.A. in Environmental Science from Iowa State University, she has traveled the world as a Geographic Information Systems Analyst / musician for over a decade. She is currently the Managing Director of COTFG.
Founded in 2006, MASS Gallery is a collectively run nonprofit gallery and project space based in Austin, Texas. Consisting of a cast culled from Austin’s rich community of artists, writers, musicians and educators, MASS members jointly contribute to the daily operations and strategic planning of exhibitions, programming and events.
MASS Gallery impacts the creative culture of Austin by cultivating a physical space for open engagement with a multiplicity of interests and acts of art making.
Conceived as a way of engaging with artists whose practices include live time-based phenomena, Learning in Public is a series of discrete public performances, collaborations, and community engagements taking place in the gallery from September 22 to October 28, 2017.
Our series will feature a diverse myriad of artists including Mosaico Experiencia (ATX), Daphane Park (CDMX), Saakred (ATX), Dorian Wood (LA) and is presented in collaboration with COTFG, an Austin-based volunteer-run arts organization supporting creative expression and counterculture community.
The work presented by the artists in Learning in Public grapples and engages with such topics as gender identity, power, gentrification, the built, natural and spiritual environments, and self-care. With the human body and psyche at its center, Learning in Public represents a variety of experiences from ritualistic and confrontational to healing and contemplative.
The series holds space for each guest artist to be in residence for an entire week during which time they will offer at least one opportunity for the public to engage with their practice. We hope you will join us for this unique experience and encourage you to stay tuned to our website and social media feeds for announcements on artists’ events and open gallery hours.