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.D. 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?

LA Heat: Taste Changing Condiments

January 2nd, 2014

Chinese American Museum
425 North Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

March 13 - July 8, 2014
Opening reception: March 13, 2014, 7-9pm

LA Heat: Taste Changing Condiments, is an art exhibition exploring the impact of Sriracha and Tapatio in Los Angeles. The exhibit will include a curated selection of artwork from artists of diverse backgrounds who are passionate and reflective about notions of identity, community, and foodways.

Sriracha and Tapatio hot sauces are two examples of the recent homegrown all-American condiments that have dramatically impacted American cuisine.  The rise in popularity of these condiments signifies an increase in Asian and Latino populations living in the US and especially in Los Angeles after the passing of the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1965.  In 1971, Mexican immigrant Jose-Luis Saavedra, Sr., started Tapatio Hot Sauce, a unique combination of red chili peppers, spices and a hint of garlic, in a warehouse in Maywood, California. David Tran, an immigrant from Vietnam of Chinese ancestry, started making Thai-inspired Sriracha sauce blended from chili peppers, vinegar, and garlic in small shop in Los Angeles Chinatown in 1983.  In large American cities everywhere, both Sriracha and Tapatio contend to rival Heinz Ketchup and French’s mustard as the all-American condiment for the Y-Generation, for these hot sauces have become interwoven into the American cultural fabric and thus becoming an ubiquitous condiment in American cuisine.

Participating artists in the exhibition include:

Edith Beaucage, Erik Benjamins, Audrey Chan, Ching Ching Cheng, Dave Chung, Chris Christion, Clayton Brothers, Eye One, Gajin Fujita, Daniel Gonzalez, Patrick “Pato” Hebert, Michael Hsiung, Phung Huynh, Tomo Isoyama, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Sandra Low, Trinh Mai, Patrick Martinez, Michael Massenburg, Kwanchai Moriya, Jose Ramirez, Yoshie Sakai, Jose Sarinana, Sand One, Shark Toof, Sket, Slick, Henry Taylor, Werc

Image by Daniel Gonzalez, 2013

Beaver @ CPR - Center for Performance Research

December 20th, 2013

January 14, 2014, 7-9 pm
CPR - Center for Performance Research
361 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211
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Beaver is a multi-disciplinary exhibition, performance, and panel discussion delving into contemporary feminist perspectives on pornography, gender performance, and female sexual self-expression. Inspired by artist Naomi Elena Ramirez’s work of the same name which interrogates porn culture and female sexual expression through dance and visual scores for the body, this one-day event, curated by Ramirez and Kristen Sollee of the sex positive feminist site seeks to create discourse, awareness, and community.

The exhibition features over a dozen contemporary female artists whose work expresses a diverse cross-section of perspectives on female sexuality and women’s embodied experiences through photography, painting, drawing, collage, performance and video art. Following screenings and a performance of Ramirez’s piece, the event will culminate in a panel featuring artists, educators and activists who will discuss intersections of sex, race, gender, and sexuality in art, media representations, and lived experiences.

Aimee Hertog | Andrea McGinty | Chan & Mann | Claire Hatamiya | Damali Abrams | Emily Tepper | Jenna Kelly | Kristen Sollee | Lisa Beerle | Manuela Garcés | MM Serra | Naomi Elena Ramirez | Shandoah Goldman & Nicole Wolcott | Samantha Groff | Sabrina Leung

Curated by Naomi Elena Ramirez & Kristen Sollee

Featuring: Chan & Mann’s New Fantasy (The Video), 2013

A Germ Grows Into Life/Knowledge, baumtest quarterly

December 1st, 2013

A GERM GROWS INTO LIFE is a one night exhibition celebrating the debut of baumtest, a quarterly arts journal co-founded by five artists and writers based in Los Angeles. Maneuvering the margins of the printed page, we translate the crux of our inaugural issue, A Germ Grows Into Life/Knowledge, into the temporality of space with work by Christine Haroutounian, Analia Saban, Emily Anne Kuriyama, Audrey Chan, Chan & Mann, and Anna Reutinger.

The germ is both the starting point and the end, where feeding oneself from life is essential to knowing. The germ is the mirror––the foundation from which we discover ourselves in the presence of another, left to explore who and what remains in pure absence. The germ is rooted in its own materiality as it is in the poetics of time; it is the unmistakable touch of a warm hand, yet the selective anonymity available behind a screen. It is the inherited familial history challenging our faith in word of mouth. It is the origin of which consciousness is birthed and nurtured, before it matures and disperses. It is the neutralized social contract begging for destruction or a damned muse.

baumtest Issue 1 features work by:

Emily Anne Kuriyama
Analia Saban
Theresa Sotto
Christine Haroutounian
Laila Riazi
Justin Asher
Anna Reutinger
Iris Yirei Hu
Audrey Chan
Johanna Reed

The journal will be available for $10.

Thursday, December 5th from 6:30-9:30 PM

One Night Exhibition & Publication Launch at Chin’s Push
4917 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Matriarch audio excerpt on Re-Re-Roar

November 25th, 2013


15:10 min., 2007/2013

This recording comes from a conversation between the artist’s father and grandmother, James Chan and Sool Sin Chan Ling (Ahma), that took place in Oak Park, Illinois in March 2007.  Having immigrated to the United States in 1982, Ahma gained American citizenship in 2000 and voted for the first time in 2004. She begins by discussing the presidency of George W. Bush and later recalls early memories of Sun Yat-Sen, the first president and founding father of the Republic of China (Nationalist China).  She recites Sun Yat-Sen’s will to the Chinese people, which she was taught to memorize as a young girl.  Her experiences included Japanese invasion and the Communist takeover of China in 1949. She describes class struggle during the the Land Reform Movement from the point of view of landowners in China’s rural South. For more information:

This piece was played as part of the second launch event for Re-Re-Roar on KCHUNG radio 1630 AM.

About Re-Re-Roar:

Resonate-Reverberate-Roar (Re-Re-Roar) is a growing archive of original sounds that express an experimental, independent, and socially progressive spirit.  The sounds on Re-Re-Roar include field recordings, interviews, songs, speeches, experimental music, and more. Re-Re-Roar is a site for activ[ist] listening, with the purpose of distributing sounds of resistance to eager ears around the globe. Visitors are encouraged to add their own sounds of resistance to the archive through the website’s submit function.

Re-Re-Roar originated from artist Elana Mann’s collection of sounds of resistance, which she began during the Iraq war in 2007 by recording commuters in Los Angeles and Iraq. The website was incubated during Mann’s time as the 2013 Amy M. Sears artist-in-resident at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, amongst a group of peace activists from the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondelet & Consociates. Re-Re-Roar was designed by Roman Jaster and Nicole Jaffe, with production assistance from Reilo Dahl. For more about Elana Mann visit:

Chan & Mann’s New Fantasy (The Video) (2013)

October 3rd, 2013

“Theirs is an intersectional world where feminist foremothers loom large and art videos and chicken fat render at the same speed.”
–Avigail Moss

Chan & Mann’s New Fantasy (The Video) (2013) draws upon iconographic tropes of traditional figurative and still life painting to humorously deconstruct discourse in cultural identity. The absurdist video opens upon a painted scene depicting a not-so-ordinary day in the studio with Chan & Mann, whose faces appear as cut-outs in a painting. They converse with a cast of painted characters, such as Dorah the Menorah, Michelle Obama, fortune cookies, and a feminist megaphone. The characters are voiced by established and emerging members of the Los Angeles contemporary art community. Together, they wrestle with issues of feminist and ethnic identity. Live action scenes continue the narrative into everyday and imaginary spaces, including Hollywood’s famed Grauman’s Chinese Theater. The video climaxes in a riveting third-wave feminist slam poetry performance by rising star Frank Sánchez.

Featured as part of the installation Chan’s Mannese Theater in the exhibition 3 Solo Projects: Audrey Chan, Elana Mann, Chan & Mann at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California (June 22-August 30, 2013)

Intersections as American Life, Smithsonian Asian-Latino Festival 2013

July 31st, 2013

Chinatown Abecedario: A Folk Taxonomy of L.A.’s Chinatown (2012) will be featured in Art Intersections - A part of Intersections as American Life, Smithsonian Asian-Latino Festival 2013 on August 7, 2013 at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, Maryland.

About Art Intersections:

If Asian-Latino intersections frequently emerge in urban spaces, street art is often the lasting visual record of these connections-as well as a way of reimagining the shapes and boundaries of cultures and cities alike. The shows will be staged in downtown Silver Spring, MD, on an urban landscape fundamentally shaped by immigration and cultural diversity, we open up a new set of conversations about the place of art and the visual stories we tell together. The shows will feature work and curation by a range of celebrated artists exploring Asian-Latino intersections.

Curators Eric Nakamura, Shizu Saldamando, and Adriel Luis will project artwork onto the public surfaces of Veterans Plaza, telling the visual stories of Asian-Latino cultural connection as a DJ spins Asian-Latino fusion music. Two evenings of Street Culture & Art programming will feature “pop-up” galleries to transform public space from the utilitarian to the expressive. By way of projection, we map visual stories of Asian-Latino shared culture onto the canvas of our walls-not simply bringing art into public space but making public space into art.

The time and location is the same for both evenings on August 6 and 7, between 8-10pm. Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, Maryland, is metro accessible via the Red Line at the Silver Spring station. There will be different artists present and different artwork on display for both evenings.

Art Intersections website
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