Anna Sew Hoy: Psychic Body Grotto

LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) commissioned Los Angeles-based artist Anna Sew Hoy to create the large-scale, bronze public sculpture Psychic Body Grotto installed at the newly developed 32 acre Los Angeles State Historic Park. Drawing on the artist’s previous explorations of materiality, spirituality and the relationships we forge with everyday objects as seen in exhibitions such as Invisible Tattoo at Koenig & Clinton, 2016, and FACE NO FACE at Various Small Fires, 2015, this will be Sew Hoy’s largest and most interactive sculpture to date. Psychic Body Grotto is a room-sized bronze sculpture or “figurative gazebo” for meetings and rituals that have yet to be invented. The sculpture evokes the illusion of being organically generated from the earth, creating a locus for contemplation and relaxation amidst the buzzing cityscape of Los Angeles. Working in conjunction with the efforts of California State Parks to revitalize and create new spaces for cultural and civic dialogue, activity, leisure, and engagement, Psychic Body Grotto will function as an interactive work of public art, landscape design, and gathering spot for local residents and visitors of the park. For updated information, please visit LAND’s website, www.nomadicdivision.org.

 

ABOUT ANNA SEW HOY: Los Angeles-based artist Anna Sew Hoy (born 1976, Auckland, New Zealand) received her MFA from Bard College in 2008. Sew Hoy’s work has been shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and solo presentations have been mounted at the Aspen Art Museum, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; LAXART; Various Small Fires, Los Angeles; the San Jose Museum of Art; and the California Biennial 2008 at the Orange County Museum of Art. Her work is in the collections of the Hammer Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los AngelesCounty Museum of Art, and the Museum of

Contemporary Art in San Diego. She was awarded a Creative Capital Grant for Visual Art in 2015 to support her public sculpture Psychic Body Grotto. She was awarded the California Community Foundation Grant for Emerging Artists in 2013, and the United States Artists Broad Fellowship in 2006. Most recently Sew Hoy was the subject of a solo exhibition at Koenig & Clinton Gallery, NY in Summer 2016.

 

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