Monte Masi is an artist living and working on Kaurna Land (Adelaide, Australia), who makes performances, videos, and text works which examine the labour of looking and the ways we look together.
Tracing the contours of exhibition practice, he employs misperformance, improvisation and humour to create cover versions and ‘bad copies’ of art world scripts and collateral language forms. Through his work audio descriptions, artist talks, image lists and artist-in-residence applications are reimagined as sites for an expanded, more fantastical vision of what being critical actually is, or could be.
Recent exhibitions and performances have included llllllllllllllllllll (twenty lowercase Ls) as part of Louise Haselton: Like Cures Like performed at the Samstag Musuem of Art, Adelaide; Born as part of Transcriptions for Fine Print, performed at the Art Gallery of South Australia, 2018; INSPI-RAY SHUN-SHUN APP-LI-KAY SHUN-SHUN at Hobiennale 2017, Hobart; and Work in Progress: Investigations South of Market at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.
Previous curatorial and collaborative presentations have included The Case for Nonsense, presented at the 2016 Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Art on Tap for the Australian Experimental Art Foundation and Model Model United Nations at Open Engagement, USA. Additionally, Monte was co-founder and co-director of artist-run gallery FELTspace from 2007 to 2010.
Monte holds an MFA in Social Practice from California College of the Arts, as well as Visual Art and Education degrees from the University of South Australia. He is the recipient of several grants and fellowships including The Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, John Crampton Travelling Scholarship, Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant and Arts South Australia project grants.