Anna Sew Hoy, a young artist who splits her time between Los Angeles and New York, makes work that sometimes seems therapeutically lyrical and sometimes seems tongue-in-cheek. Her current solo show Pow! once again straddles the line between lyricism and banter. At LAX Art in Los Angeles, Pow! includes two oversized casts, one for a giant ankle and another for an arm. Sew Hoy invites visitors to autograph the casts and the huge sculptures are already brimming with light-hearted consolations and one-liners.
Sew Hoy participated in the Hammer Museum‘s 2007 exhibition Eden’s Edge, a show that featured fifteen Los Angeles artists, including Ken Price, Lari Pittman, and Jason Rhoades. Her work for Eden’s Edge had notable affinities with Ken Price’s work; her ceramics took organic forms and she questioned art’s decorative potential. In Pow!, Sew Hoy asks different questions. She explores medical practices and the social nature of the body by re-envisioning a casts on a massive scale.
Sew Hoy received her BFA from the School of Visual Art in New York and she is currently completing her MFA in Bard College‘s low residency program. She has had solo exhibitions at Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Peres Projects, and Massimo Audiello Gallery. Pow! runs through April 26, 2008.