Curated by Tucker Neel
Elana Mann is a multidisciplinary artist and educator whose artwork explores how performative action can disrupt political, social, and interpersonal impasses. Currently she is investigating the role of listening in war and protest, including the emergent technology of the People’s Microphone in the Occupy Movement. She has shown her artwork nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, buses, windows, walls, and senior centers and in 2010 co-founded the Artist Bailout Collective. Mann was the 2012 co-organizer (with Audrey Chan) of Shares and Stakeholders: The Feminist Art Project @ CAA, a symposium that took place at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She is a recipient of California Community Foundation’s 2009 Visual Arts Fellowship and has published five books, four of which are in the collection of the Getty Research Institute. Her projects have been reviewed in the Los Angeles Times, NPR, O Globo, El Pais, La Reuppublica and X-Tra Magazine. Mann received her B.F.A. from Washington University, St. Louis and her M.F.A from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Scripps College, Claremont, CA and is based in Los Angeles.
Tucker Neel is an artist, freelance writer, and independent curator living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Embracing a heterogeneous practice, Neel utilizes drawing, painting, sculpture, video, installation, and online communication to create works that investigate questions of allegiance, memory, and collective experience. Neel holds an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design and a BA in Art History and Visual Arts from Occidental College. He has exhibited work in Los Angeles and across the country in venues such as Commissary Arts, Samuel Freeman, Bonnelli Contemporary, Control Room, D-Block Projects, LA Freewaves, and well as in various site-specific exhibitions in public spaces. As a curator he has organized exhibitions for The Regent Galleries, the Bolsky Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design, Highways Gallery in Santa Monica, and GATE Projects in Glendale, CA. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Communication Arts, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Graphic Design MFA departments at Otis College of Art & Design, and teaches professional practices, critique, studio art, and critical theory to both Undergraduate and Graduate students. He is Vice President of GYST-Ink, an artist-run company offering professional practices software and services to artists. He is also Curator and Project Manager for GATE Projects; a Contributing Editor for Artillery Magazine; and founder of 323 Projects, an art gallery that exists solely as a voicemail system and website.