Laugh-in: Art, Comedy, Performance @ MCASD La Jolla

December 10th, 2014

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

Laugh-in: Art, Comedy, Performance
Curated by Jill Dawsey
MCASD La Jolla
700 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037-4291
January 23-April 15, 2015

Laugh-in: Art, Comedy, Performance explores the recent turn toward comedic performance in and as contemporary art. The exhibition features twenty artists who engage the strategies and themes of stand-up comedy as a means to rethink questions of artistic performativity, audience participation, and public speech. If stand-up evokes the image of an isolated figure, spot-lit on a stage, this form of comedy resonates with contemporary artists precisely for its direct if uncertain relation to an audience or public. Artists today look to stand-up comedy as well for its emphatic embodiment and its ability to upend hierarchies and power relations. Indeed, stand-up offers a forum in which comics and artists alike may examine stereotypes and taboos, testing what can and can’t be said. The exhibition suggests that this format makes particular sense to artists at a moment when they—like citizens everywhere—are seeking new modes of public address (think of the widespread use of social media, for example, or the recent emergence of the human microphone within the context of the Occupy movement).
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Gettin’ Off the Ground: Contemporary Stories from an American Community

August 25th, 2014

A Few of Her Favorite Things
, gouache, metal leaf, and varnish on paper, 2014

Gettin’ Off the Ground: Contemporary Stories from an American Community
Curated by Isabelle Lutterodt
Angels Gate Cultural Center
3601 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731
September 14, 2014-January 9, 2015
Opening reception: Sunday, September 14, 3-5pm, gallery walkthrough at 3:30pm

MAIN GALLERY II features artwork that explores coming to terms with concepts such as love, loss, growth, light and dark that are part of our collective narrative and human condition. Artists: Alexandra Grant, Audrey Chan, Nuttaphol Ma, Sergio Teran, and Wura-Natasha Ogunji.

On October 4th from 1-3pm, the gallery will bring artists, organizations and labor activists together for a conversation titled “Art as Action: Art is Action”. The conversation will explore how art is used within different sectors to better understand the human condition.

Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 12-5pm (through October 25), closed on major holidays

Transforming Feminisms

August 25th, 2014

Preparatory sketch for Center of the Universe, Ahma (detail), tracing paper, ink, tape, Xerox print, 2013

Center of the Universe, Ahma (detail)
, inkjet on paper, 2013-2014

Transforming Feminisms
Curated by Peggy Sivert Zask
South Bay Contemporary
550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 261, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
September 13-October 25, 2014
Opening reception: Saturday, September 13, 6-9pm
Artist talk: Saturday, October 11, 5-7pm

“Women’s fight for equal rights is essentially a humanist and peaceful struggle for true democracy, and a higher form of civilization.”
–Leyla Zana, Kurdish politician and human rights activist

Transforming Feminisms invites multiple generations of artists from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds to share their identities and perspectives on women’s issues. The artists were paired and asked to discuss their views and to create art in response. The exhibition will display each generational pair of artworks together so they can be viewed as a personal expression of women’s identity from one generation to the next.

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 1-6pm, Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 12-4pm

Press release


Chan & Mann website!

August 8th, 2014

Chan & Mann are proud to present their new website:! The site archives Audrey Chan and Elana Mann’s ongoing collaborative projects since 2005. Website design by Drew Woods.

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