Dorian Wood: Austin 1017 // Learning in Public // MASS Gallery
Our respective life experiences have taught us to remain in certain spaces, and to avoid others. There is a population of silent beings responsible for erecting these, but we rarely question the who or the what. I place myself into this space with a purpose of investigation, and the consecrations we as vile urban monsters are capable of.
October 15 – 20, 2017, COTFG & MASS Gallery are proud to present our fourth artist in the Learning in Public performance series, Los Angeles-based artist Dorian Wood. A wunderkind with a headstrong DIY discipline, Wood has brought his emotionally-charged performances to concert halls, museums, music venues and performance spaces throughout the US, Mexico and Europe, with a voice that channels the skill and ferocity of such auteurs as Scott Walker and Nina Simone. Over the course of four and a half days, Wood will create a space that is vibrantly alive, infusing as much of himself in the space as possible, while inviting others to participate.
Each day, Wood will spend 6-8 hours illustrating on each wall, vocally and tonally documenting his process as he goes along. During the hours of operation, visitors are invited to step into the space, which will be continuously audio-recorded, so every word and action will be documented. Visitors are also welcome to step behind one of two partitioned spaces, each one at opposite ends of the gallery, to either have sex with someone else, or masturbate, so long as the sexual acts are mutually consensual and they agree to leave their sexual fluids deposited into a container located behind the partition. The artist will also take breaks during the day to partake in this sort of action.
On his final day in residence, Thursday, October 19, the space would be fully illustrated and reverberating with speakers playing back the entirety of each documented day. The partitioned spaces will be removed, and in their place will sit plaster molds of Wood’s body parts created with visitors’ body fluids.
Please note this is an environment with strong sexual themes. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
Sunday, Oct 15 / 3 to 6pm
Monday, Oct 16 / 10am to 4pm
Tuesday, Oct 17 / 10am to 4pm
Wednesday, Oct 18 / 10am to 4pm
Thursday, Oct 19 / 10am to 4pm Performance 7:30 – 9pm
Friday, Oct 20 / 10am to 4pm
Visitors are invited to come and go or return as they please during the above hours.
Dorian Wood (Los Angeles, CA) began his musical education at a very early age, continuing his studies at Conservatorio de Castella in Costa Rica, and eventually making his way back to his birthplace of Los Angeles where he first gained exposure performing on the queer bar circuit. Wood has brought his emotionally-charged performances to concert halls, museums, music venues and performance spaces throughout the US, Mexico, and Europe, with a voice that channels the skill and ferocity of such auteurs as Scott Walker and Nina Simone.
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.