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Anna Sew Hoy
POW!
Mar 15 - Apr 26, 2008

LA><ART is pleased to present POW!, a new installation of sculptures by Los Angeles based artist Anna Sew Hoy. Invoking technologies of healing, Sew Hoy has constructed two oversized casts, one shaped for an ankle and one for a wrist, but each large enough to encompass an entire human body. Employing the materials and techniques commonly used by clinicians who treat broken bones, Sew Hoy’s monuments form a social allegory as they cleverly assert a sculptural presence. With this project, Sew Hoy provides a site of social connection around a metaphor for the body.

 

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Anna Sew Hoy: POW!

 

Curated by LA><ART adjunct curator Malik Gaines

 

Anna Sew Hoy, POW! (study), 2007, site-specific sculptural installation, dimensions variable, courtesy of the artist

and LA><ART, Los Angeles (photo: Eve Fowler)

 

LA><ART is pleased to present POW!, a new installation of sculptures by Los Angeles based artist Anna Sew Hoy. Invoking technologies of healing, Sew Hoy has constructed two oversized casts, one shaped for an ankle and one for a wrist, but each large enough to encompass an entire human body. Employing the materials and techniques commonly used by clinicians who treat broken bones, Sew Hoy’s monuments form a social allegory as they cleverly assert a sculptural presence. As is the common practice among kids in school, the casts have been signed by invited participants including the artist’s own friends and family. The monumentality of the project is personalized through a video that illustrates the artist’s research: Sew Hoy’s father, a medical doctor, casts his daughter’s wrist in an intimate family exercise. With this project, Sew Hoy provides a site of social connection around a metaphor for the body.

 

Anna Sew Hoy is quickly becoming recognized as a leader among a new generation of sculptors. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1998 and her MFA from Hunter College in 2001. The artist has had solo shows at Karyn Lovegrove Gallery (2007) and Peres Projects (2003) in Los Angeles, and at Massimo Audiello Gallery (2002) in New York as well as participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Eden’s Edge: Fifteen LA Artists at the Hammer Museum, LA, One Way or Another: Asian Art Now at the Asia Society, New York, and Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, and Cosmic Wonder at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Sew Hoy is one of the youngest artists to be awarded the United States Artists Fellowship, which she received in 2006. Anna Sew Hoy was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and she currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

 

*Special thanks to Ramsey Conder who assisted in the design and production of the cast

sculptures.

 

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Responding to Los Angeles’ cultural climate, LA><ART questions given contexts for the exhibition of contemporary art, architecture and design. With a renewed vision for the potential of independent art spaces, LA><ART provides a center for interdisciplinary discussion and interaction and for the production and exhibition of new exploratory work. LA><ART offers a space for provocation, dialogue and confrontation by practices on the ground in LA and abroad. LA><ART is a hub for artists based on flexibility, transition, spontaneity and change. The space responds to an urgency and obligation to provide an accessible exhibition space for contemporary artists, architects and designers.

LA><ART’s programs are made possible with the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Peter Norton Family Foundation, Danielson Foundation, Campari, Eileen Harris Norton, Ruth and Jacob Bloom, Eve Steele and Peter Gelles, ForYourArt, Uber.com, and LA><ART board, founding members and patrons.

 

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