Masi was born in the US but has lived in the UK since the late 1960s. His 1970s performances, or ‘body works’ were often to camera, and he explored the body distorted, contorted and twisted by the means of production. He also often used animals in his installations further offering a sense of the trapped and alienated, and the desire to question and resist the controlled body.
Performance documentation / Examples of works
Artist and Muse, 1970
Lip Smear, 1970-1
Arm Lift, 1970
KENT, Sarah (1979) Denis Masi: Encounter/counter, Four Constructions, London: Institute of Contemporary Arts
MASI, Denis (1981) Artists’ thoughts on the seventies in words and pictures, Studio International, v 195, Nos 991/2, pp 48-49
REICHARDT, Jasia ed. (1976) Time, Words and the Camera, Austria: Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
VERGINE, Lea (2000) Body Art and Performance the Body as Language, Milan: Skira Editore S.p.A.
Study Room Ref: P0123
WALKER, John A. (2002) Left Shift: Radical Art in 1970s Britain, London: I. B. Tauris
Study Room Ref: P0623
Denis Masi’s Website