Mission StatementArtists Corey Fogel, Sharon Chohi Kim and Elana Mann create a piece for Mann's sonic sculptures in response to recent bans on body sovereignty, laws prohibiting abortion, and the silencing of women’s voices in the U.S. and abroad.
About The Project
“Hope is a Hammer” is a collaborative performance by artists Corey Fogel, Sharon Chohi Kim and Elana Mann, which will take place at Human Resources gallery on January 4, 2023. The performance incorporates ten musicians performing for an hour with nearly one hundred sonic sculptures by Elana Mann.
WHY this project?
The piece is made in response to recent bans on body sovereignty, laws prohibiting abortion, and the silencing of women’s voices in the U.S. and abroad. The performance looks to animal and plant behaviors for lessons on organizing and political transformation around gender equity.
As three artists who explore unconventional performance, improvisation and sound installations, we are thrilled to collaborate on this interdisciplinary piece. Elana creates sculpture, sound, performance, and community engagement for both gallery
exhibitions and public space. Chohi's work as an artist, performer and composer includes immersive experimental opera, performance art, improvisation, and space activation through movement and sound. And Corey's practice is based in momentary encounters between music and objects, textiles, foods, and other collaborators.
The activations of these sonic sculptures are inspired by social justice
movements fighting for gender, racial and environmental justice. We were especially moved recently by the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturn Roe v. Wade.
We have a little over one month to raise funds for our performance coming up on January 4th, 2023 at Human Resources Gallery in Los Angeles.
Right now, we are almost finished composing the music for the sculptures. We are planning to start music and movement rehearsals with the performers in mid-December this year. We will start to make costumes as well as the set, and we will install it all into Human Resources Gallery space in the beginning of January.
It's coming up so soon!
Check out these sonic sculptures we will activate throughout the performance!
Here are some photos of our past collaborations with the sonic sculptures.
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About This Team
Corey Fogel (b. 1977) is a drummer and artist living in Los Angeles, CA. His practice is based in momentary encounters between music and objects, textiles, foods, and other collaborators. Fogel engages the viewer to consider sound as a medium on par with paint and cellulose, a constant in our daily lives. He challenges us to consider the contexts in which we create, store, and understand music performance.
Fogel’s works have been presented at Machine Project, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Human Resources, Los Angeles; Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles; The Wulf, Los Angeles; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca, REDCAT; Los Angeles; and New Music for Strings Festival: Reykjavik. His performance work was also included in J. Paul Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival and West of Rome’s Trespass Parade. Corey was awarded The California Community Foundation 2014 Fellowship in Visual Arts.
Sharon Chohi Kim's work as a voice artist, performer and composer includes immersive experimental opera, performance art, improvisation, sound art and space activation through movement and voice.
As a Korean American female artist, I am interested in human connection across cultures and generations, transgenerational trauma of the Korean diaspora, epigenetics, and domestic and sexual violence. Raised in a Korean American Christian environment, I examine the fusing and clashing of religious institutions and national cultures, and the gender roles and violence within these systems. By engaging in the act of breathing as a right, I use the voice and body as a direct channel of protest and resistance. I fill spaces with sonic vibrations, exploring relationships between people and the space in which they occupy, inquiring into ancestral healing and catharsis from collective trauma between humans and the earth. Sharon Chohi has performed with the LA Philharmonic, the Industry Opera Company, Long Beach Opera, MOCA, at Walt Disney Hall, the Broad Museum, the Getty Center and Villa, in caves, tunnels, mountains, gardens, and in water.
Elana Mann is an artist who explores the power of the collective voice and the act of listening through sculpture, sound, and community engagement.
Mann has presented her work in museums, galleries, and public spaces in the U.S. and globally. Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at 18th Street Art Center (Santa Monica, CA), Lawndale Art Center (Houston, TX), Artpace (San Antonio, TX), Pitzer College Art Galleries (Claremont, CA), and Commonwealth & Council (LA, CA). Mann has participated in group exhibitions and screenings at the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, the Orange County Museum of Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum. She has been commissioned to create public projects by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Montalvo Art Center and the Getty Villa. Mann co-edited, with John Burtle, "Propositional Attitudes: What do we do now?," (2018) published by Golden Spike Press, followed by a book/performance tour at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Mann has received numerous awards, including an International Artist-In-Residence at Artpace San Antonio, the California Community Foundation Artist Fellowship, the Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award, the COLA Individual Artist Fellowship, and she was the inaugural artist-in-residence at Pitzer College's ceramics department.
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