LAMAGLearnCOLA 2019 Opening Performance
Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 3 PM
To celebrate the opening of COLA 2019, participants were invited to experience a special performance of Katie Grinnan’s 5 Seconds of Dreaming, played by musicians Kozue Matsumoto and Eugene Moon.
After previous iterations at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Commonwealth and Council, Grinnan’s project culminated with this final version in COLA 2019. The undulating forms of these wooden sculptures were adapted from EEG diagrams recording the artist’s brain activity during sleep and were arranged to mirror the hemispheres of the brain. Milled using a CNC machine, the sculptures’ digital means of production stood in contrast to their tactile, canyon-like wooden surfaces. Grinnan strung each wooden piece to produce an instrument designed to be tuned, played and interpreted by musicians, thus expressing the artist’s thoughts in musical form.
This program was organized by Jamie Costa.
About Katie Grinnan
Katie Grinnan received MFA from UCLA in 1999. She has had solo exhibitions at The Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, ACME gallery, Brennan and Griffin, Diverse Works, the Hammer Museum, LAXART and most recently at Commonwealth and Council. Group exhibitions include the 2004 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Real World: The Dissolving Space of Experience at Modern Art Oxford, and The Artist Museum at MOCA. Public collections include MOCA, the Hammer Museum, and LACMA. Awards include a Guggenheim fellowship and a Pollock-Krasner grant. She is an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach.
About Kozue Matsumoto
Born and raised in the Tohoku area in Japan and having lived in Tokyo as well, Kozue is now based in the Los Angeles area. She has played the koto since she was three years old under Ikuta-ryu Miyagi-kai and holds a semi-master title. She has also played the shamisen and the shinobue since she was small. In 2014, she received her Performer-Composer MFA from California Institute of the Arts. She has a strong interest in exploring the possibilities of Japanese traditional sounds and performing arts beyond their conventional contexts. With this interest, not only does she improvise and compose traditional, contemporary, and experimental music, but she also creates mixed media arts. She has also been collaborating with various musicians as well as movement, visual, installation, and other artists in multi-disciplinary projects. Her projects and performances are presented at diverse occasions including MicroFest, Los Angeles, CA; Lucas Artists Residency at Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA; Improvisation Summit of Portland, Portland, OR; Time-Based Art Festival, Portland, OR; The Society for the Activation of Social Space Through Art and Sound, Los Angeles, CA; Washington Street Art Center, Boston, MA; Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, Vancouver, Canada; Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble, Vancouver, Canada; and The Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts Lab, Columbus, OH.
About Eugene Moon
Eugene Moon (b. 1990, Los Angeles, CA; lives and works in Los Angeles) received his BFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, in 2012. He had done art exhibitions in Los Angeles, CA with the group HAPPENINGS (2014-2015) at the Mime, Raffa’s Lounge, and Artist Brewery; other group shows at Last Projects, MCAU Art Gallery, and Future Studio (Los Angeles); and World Wood Day: Roots, Longbeach, CA. He collaborated with artist Kenyatta C. Hinkle on “Kentifrica,” at “Project Row Houses,” Houston, Texas; and “Made in LA 2012” at the Hammer Museum and Barndsall Park. He did a residency at the Summer 2015 I-Park Foundation in East Haddom, Connecticut. He also performs concerts with ensembles, such as Gamelan Burat Wangi, Kyai Dorodasih, and Merdu Kumala at Red Cat, General Consulate of Indonesia, California Institute of the Arts, Aratani Theater, Joshua Tree, and LA Celebrates 100th Anniversary. He works at the Institute of Redesign Learning at Westmoreland Academy, Pasadena teaching academics and art.