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August 8th, 2014

Thaumatrope, First Street Gallery

June 20th, 2014

First Street Gallery, 250 W. 1st Street, Suite 120, Claremont, CA, 91711
June 2 - July 11, 2014

Artists: Chan & Mann, Victor Frias, Kiel Johnson, Jay Lizo, Matt MacFarland, Dru McKenzie, Nathan Murri, Christine Nguyen, Nancy Popp, Jean Robison, Yoshie Sakai, Macha Suzuki, Jennifer Tamashiro, Christian Tedeschi, Devon Tsuno, Evan Wright & Joe Zaldivar

Thaumatrope is a group show curated by Elonda Billera Norris, Janice Gomez and Fatima Hoang, founders of Summercamp’s ProjectProject, an artist run space based in Los Angeles. For this third installment of First Street Gallery’s Other Eyes Guest Curator Program, they have invited artists to make work in response to, or in collaboration with, First Street Gallery artists for an exhibition which offers a blend of style, process and inspiration that reflects the wide range of this eclectic group of artists.

First Street Gallery Art Center is an exhibition resource and arts management center for adults with developmental disabilities in Claremont, California. It is a unique art center of the Tierra del Sol Foundation founded on the proposition that human potential for creativity and artistic expression is not limited by physical or intellectual challenges. Through cultivation of artistic expression, people with significant challenges can develop creatively and make important contributions to the cultural and economic life of their communities.

The Next Starts Now: Civic Artists Prequalified List 2014-16

June 3rd, 2014

The List is an important resource for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program. Artists included are prequalified for upcoming Los Angeles County civic art opportunities from 2014 through 2016. Additionally, public art programs across the United States will reference the list for curatorial research.


LA Heat on NPR’s The Salt

May 31st, 2014

Read “Hot Sauce Art: LA Museum Honors Srirachs and Tapatio” (May 29, 2014) by Sam Dean on NPR’s The Salt:

Audrey Chan’s painting, Proposal for a Mural Dedicated to David Tran, might at first seem like a simple ode to Sriracha’s Vietnamese creator and his success story. But [Steven] Wong says that once again, there’s more than meets the eye. The painting isn’t just a proposal for a mural, but a commentary on the genre of community murals as a whole. “While it honors the history of David Tran,” Wong says, “at the same time it’s analyzing and deconstructing that way of communicating history.”

L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments is on view at the Chinese American Museum through July 12, 2014.

LA Heat, Critics’ Picks

May 16th, 2014


Identity @ gallery nine5, New York

May 16th, 2014

Chan & Mann, Chan & Mann’s New Fantasy (The Video), stills from HD video, 16:29 min., 2013

in collaboration with the Women’s Caucus for Art
gallery nine5
24 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
May 31 - June 22, 2014

In a world dominated by pop culture, society and the media – how is identity defined?

In collaboration with gallery nine5, Karen Gutfreund, Exhibitions Director of the Women’s Caucus for Art, is pleased to announce an international exhibition of 25 works from 21 female artists.

Identity seeks to expose the extremism of a consumer culture dominated by Western notions of beauty and the pursuit of idealized feminine perfection by exploring themes of power, representation and objectification. Female artists, in particular, face the challenge of identifying themselves amidst a society determined to do it for them. The artists featured in Identity attempt to manipulate the boundaries of authority and dominance and explore deeper themes of control. The viewer is challenged to confront his or her own gaze on the body and reflect on the psychological aspects of the female persona. Drawing from a feminist perspective, the selected works aim to define gender and identity through the artist’s terms, whether through accepting or rejecting society’s view, and voicing their individual definitions of the powerful feminine.

Curated by Anne Swartz and Maria Elena Buszek

Artists: Shonagh Adelman, Chan & Mann, Sally Edelstein, Claire Joyce, Lauren Kalman, Beth Lakamp, Jessica Lichtenstein, Jessica Maria Manley, Meghan Mantia and Leone Reeves, Sarah Maple, Ellen Deitell Newman, Samantha Persons, Mei Xian QIu, Jennifer Reeder, Phyllis Rosser, Sonal Shah, Erin Sparler, Joanne Ungar, Cristina Velazquez, and Meghan Willis.

Exhibition catalogue:

RECAPS: Rethink Environment

April 21st, 2014

Friday April 18 - Sunday April 20, 2014

RECAPS Magazine launches Issue 11 with Rethinking Environment, a weekend-long series of events, including an exhibition, presentations, and workshops by:

Alessandro Bava, Kaucyila Brooke, Johanna Breiding, Chan & Mann, Alex Chaves, Saehee Cho, Marcus Civin, Nikki Darling, Zackary Drucker + Flawless Sabrina, Nick Duran, Kathy Garcia, Flora Kao, Joey Lehman Morris, Hillary Mushkin, Christopher Joseph Lee, Rebecca Lieberman, Vanessa Roveto, Benjy Russell, Tina Takemoto, Annie Sprinkle, Lisa Tucker, Gustavo Turner, Matias Viegener, Xiaowei Wang, Martabel Wasserman, Sarah Bay Williams, and others.

Featuring: Chan & Mann: NATURE! This One’s for You!, performance collaboration with Elana Mann, 2006

Proposal for a Mural Dedicated to David Tran

March 27th, 2014

Audrey Chan, Proposal for a Mural Dedicated to David Tran, gouache on paper, 20″ x 28″, 2014

Proposal for a Mural Dedicated to David Tran was inspired by community murals that chronicle and glorify immigrants’ pursuit of the American Dream, commemorating heroes, martyrs, and elevating the quotidian in a didactic folk vernacular. The Huey Fong freighter carried Tran and Vietnamese refugees to the U.S. in 1978 after the Vietnam War. The ship churns through a red sauce, foreshadowing his promise as an aspiring entrepreneur, but also serving as a reminder of the bloodshed and death of millions of Vietnamese during the war and the boat people who perished in transit.


KCET Artbound: “Hot Stuff: L.A.’s Cross-Cultural Condiments” by Carren Jao, March 19, 2014.

The Huffington Post: “An Art Show Dedicated Entirely to Hot Sauce Is Making Our Spicy Dreams Come True” by Priscilla Frank, March 16, 2014.

Los Angeles Times: “‘L.A. Heat’: Finally, an art exhibit devoted to Sriracha and Tapatio sauces” by Javier Cabral, March 15, 2014.

On view in the exhibition “L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments” at the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles through July 12, 2014.

JC2 @ UCSD PhD Symposium

February 20th, 2014

AFTER THE FACT: Feminist Cultural Production and Temporal Dissonance
UCSD Department of Visual Arts - 7th Annual PhD Symposium
Structural and Materials Engineering (SME) Building
March 8, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm
Organized by Melinda Guillen & Marguerite Hodge, PhD students in Art History, Theory & Criticism

This symposium presents paper and artist project presentations as new treatments and interrogations into temporality as feminist praxis. Professor Elizabeth Freeman from UC Davis, author of “Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories” will serve as keynote speaker.

* I will be presentating work in progress from my project, JC2 (2009-ongoing)

Audrey Chan, JC2, documentation of a collaboration with Judy Chicago, 2014. Photo by Eileen Levinson

Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art

January 23rd, 2014

In March 2013, the International Caucus of the Women’s Caucus for Art was invited by the Wei Er Shen, President of Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China to create an art-based cultural exchange and exhibition between artists and essayists juried through WCA and women artists curated in China, which will be held at the LuXun Academy April 15-30, 2014.  In addition to the exhibition juried by Alma Ruiz, Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art will include a sixteen member delegation of selected WCA members, who will travel to Shenyang for the opening of this exhibition and to participate in 2-3 days of interactive events with the Chinese artists and students of the Academy.

The academy was interested in providing an opportunity for Chinese women artists to interact with artists from our organization, to learn more about feminist art history in the west and share their art with our artists.

Chan & Mann’s Myths of Rape (2012) will be featured in this group exhibition. Chan & Mann will also travel to Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China as part of the American delegation.

Myths of Rape (2012), performance by Audrey Chan and Elana Mann, a reinterpretation of Leslie Labowitz-Starus’ Myths of Rape (1977), part of Suzanne Lacy’s Three Weeks in May (1977). (Photo by Neda Moridpour)

For more information about the exhibition:

Almost a half-century ago, Chairman Mao Zedong, who famously said “Women hold up half the sky,” believed women’s active participation in reform would solve China’s economic and societal challenges. More recently, women and men leaders across the world are calling for women’s voices to be heard in all decision making. The theme is now a movement, a documentary, a musical recording. Michelle Bachelet, head of UN Women, opened the UN Commission on the Status of Women 2013 conference by extolling the benefits of being 53% of the world’s population. ”Women do not need permission, they simply need to speak and act.”

Artists were encouraged to interpret this theme broadly. What does it mean to be the majority of the world’s population? What must women do to hold up their “half”? How do women from different cultures interpret this responsibility, this call to action? How do we encourage and support each other through art?