Monte Masi is an artist and writer. Through a range of discursive social performances and screen-based works, he explores both the politics of (as well as the means for) mutual support between artists, audiences and wider publics: the “carrying on of carrying on”. Often these performances reflect on economies of visual attention: the labour of looking and the job of developing a perspective.
This practice of “looking at looking” has frequently sought to appropriate those forms used to describe and evaluate artworks, such as studio critiques, artist interviews, audio tours and image lists, interrogating their value within our contemporary image-saturated, algorithm-driven on/offline environment.
Recent exhibitions and performances have included FELTcult Hobiennale 2017, Hobart, Work in Progress: Investigations South of Market at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, and do it, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide. His current writing appears in Artlink and Fine Print magazine.
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 Adelaide’s 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.