Collaborative Project Features Bozeman Artist Sara Mast as Lead Artist
Ucross, Wyoming - February 12, 2013 - Soundings
, a collaborative multimedia exhibition featuring paintings, video, sound and installation, with Sara Mast
as lead artist, will open at the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery
on Saturday, February 23, 2013.
The exhibition, which includes seven members of the extended Mast family - five artists and musicians, one chemical engineer and a conservationist - explores the construction of shared identity and reflects upon the legacy of Mast's father, Gifford Morrison Mast (1914-1972), an early pioneer of American industrial design.
The show also includes technology designed by a specialist in heart-brain research who has served as a science advisor, and a small selection of Gifford's own inventions, which informed the work in the exhibition.
launches an experiment in the living laboratory of a creative family," says Sara Mast
notes, "My team includes one fourth-generation and three third-generation Masts who never knew their grandfather except through stories.
Integrating painting, drawing, photography, sound, music, video and biofeedback technology, this interdisciplinary, cross-generational project aims to 'make the immeasurable measurable,' which was a passion for my father.
In a paper he
wrote at the University of Chicago
(circa 1932) titled The Meaning of Beauty, he
stated: 'With the tools furnished by these scientific emotion measurers [electrocardiographs, lie detectors, brain wave recorders, etc.], it would seem likely that we might be able experimentally to outline the physiological aspects of aesthetic response.'"
Participants in Soundings
, based in Bozeman, Montana, is a widely exhibited artist whose paintings are included in over 30 public and private collections in the United States and abroad.
has long been interested in the intersections between art and science.
has studied, for instance, astronomical data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and other satellite observances, and the exhibition at Ucross
will also include three of her
Born in Davenport, Iowa, she has an MFA from Queens College in New York and has taught drawing and painting at Montana State University in Bozeman since 2003.
work has been exhibited at galleries and museums including the Rosenfeld Gallery
in Philadelphia, Dennis Morgan Gallery
in Kansas City, the Plains Art Museum
in Fargo, North Dakota, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery
in Chicago, the Livingston Center for Arts and Culture
in Montana, the Art Museum of Missoula
, Visions West
in Denver, and many others.
She was a resident at the Ucross Foundation in 2001 and 2012, and has twice been a resident artist for Artist-Forest-Community, sponsored by the Helena National Forest and the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana.
will be on view at the Ucross gallery
through June 15.
A catalog accompanying the exhibition will be produced later this spring, and will include essays by Barbara O'Brien, Director of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri, and Michele Corriel, who has written about Sara Mast for Big Sky Journal.