Anna Sew Hoy

Ongoing Exhibition: Psychic Body Grotto


Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

LAND 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 most ambitious 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 city-scape 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.

Nearby at MOCA, Artist Curated Projects (ACP)—established by artists Eve Fowler and Lucas Michael—will feature two maquettes of Sew Hoy’s public sculpture as part of storefront.

For more information about Sew Hoy’s MOCA exhibition, please visit moca.org.


Previous Programming

Opening Reception
Sunday, May 21, 2017
4pm – 7pm

Anna Sew Hoy and LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) celebrated the opening of Psychic Body Grotto on Sunday. The free public opening event included artist activations by Ethernet (Benjamin Boatright and Dylan Mira), Cirilo Domine & Tala Mateo, Corey Fogel, and LA Fog at the sculpture. Corey Fogel turned Psychic Body Grotto into an instrument with an array of other percussive units. Cirilo Domine & Tala Mateo live wrote a text at their desk relocated near the sculpture. LA Fog presented a traditional acoustic performance of their music.

John Tain and Carol Cheh from KCHUNG radio broadcast live during the performances, recording the music, sounds and interviews with the artists.


SIGNIFICANT SUPPORT FOR THIS EXHIBITION IS PROVIDED BY:

CREATIVE CAPITAL

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR THIS EXHIBITION IS PROVIDED BY:

BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES
LAND NOMADIC COUNCIL
LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARTS COMMISSION
LOS ANGELES STATE HISTORIC PARK