TALK THROUGH THE HAND | Elana Mann | April 16 – July 16, 2016 | press release
Baik Art presents Talk Through the Hand, an outdoor wall work by Los Angeles artist Elana Mann who, for this project, adopts an image from the domain of sound— conversational and musical— through the suggested action of listening. Mann has proposed an instrument that illuminates both the political attempts to constrain public speech and the resilience of the human voice to prevail against all odds.
Elana Mann creates artwork that brings a greater consciousness to the listening and speaking we practice in everyday life. Her artwork bridges sculpture, performance, community engagement, and politics.
Mann has presented her work in museums, galleries, city parks, and buses in the U.S. and internationally. Additionly, Mann curates, collaborates, organizes, and writes. Mann co-edited, with John Burtle, the 2018 performance score anthology “Propositional Attitudes: What do we do now?,” published by Golden Spike Press, followed by a book/performance tour at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, SITE/Less and the Santa Monica Public Library.
Mann has received numerous awards, including the California Community Foundation Artist Fellowship, the Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award, and the COLA Indiviual Artist Fellowship, among others.
Mann received her B.F.A. with honors from Washington University in St. Louis, and her M.F.A from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA. She lives in Southern California with her husband, designer Jean-Paul Leonard, and their two kids.