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Visitings: a marathon interview by Alan Nakagawa

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Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach House Way

Santa Monica, CA 90402

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Join sound artist Alan Nakagawa for an installment of his project VISITINGS, a series of interviews with artists. Guest artists for this round are: Dan McCleary, Grace Hwang, Amitis Motevalli and Jim Fox. For this live marathon interview session, Alan Nakagawa will be interspersing the interviews with music and video.

Each thirty minute broadcast of VISITINGS focuses on artists who have dedicated their lives to creating artwork that explores social issues, defining the complex contemporary fabric of community. What inspires artists? What do they find as their context and how does that inform their aesthetic vocabulary? What relevancy and value does their art hold in society? VISITINGS is inspired by the physical studio visit, rendered into technological communication.

VISITINGS, Radio Show with Alan Nakagawa
99.1FM, LOS ANGELES and online: an Echo Park Film Center/ Machine Project/ DUBLAB venture

Dan McCleary is a painter, educator and founder of Art Division. McCleary has been featured in more than 50 solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe. His work resides in collections of public and private institutions such as The Hammer Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and New York Public Library, among others. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Loyola High School of Los Angeles and attended Santa Monica College and San Francisco Art Institute in California, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. danmcclearystudio.com

Grace Hwang is a multidisciplinary artist and educator whose movement practice is fueled by improvising new forms through ensemble work and rule-­‐based play. Often working with performers of different disciplines, she is deeply invested in the relationship between agency and collectivity in collaboration. Her work in the form of teaching, performance, exhibition and experience making has been shown at Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre (CA), Performance Works NorthWest (OR), Portland Art Museum, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (OR), Open Engagement Conference (OR), Southern Exposure (SF), Center for Architecture Foundation (NY), SALT art space (NY), Museum of Modern Art Education Center (NY). She holds an MFA in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University and an MS Ed in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education. She resides in her hometown, Los Angeles and is currently the Studio Artist in Residence at Camera Obscura Art Lab in Santa Monica. cargocollective.com/gracejoannehwang

Amitis Motevalli is an artist born in Iran and moved to the US in 1977 pre-­‐revolution. She explores the cultural resistance and survival of people living in poverty, conflict and war. Her experience as a working-­‐class immigrant in Los Angeles, is foundational to her drive for creating art that contests stereotypical beliefs about people living in diaspora. Through many mediums including, sculpture, video, performance and collaborative public art, her work juxtaposes iconography, to reveal differences in cross-­‐cultural understandings, critical of the violence of dominance and occupation, while invoking the significance of a secular grass roots struggle. For her current project, Motevalli is working internationally with a broad spectrum of transnational Muslims in order to research the kinds of labor, to survive in everyday lives, across boundaries of class. She is particularly concerned with conducting workshops with Muslims who come from places of political and religious conflict and collaborating on public art projects. Motevalli is invested in research, collaboration, and the potential of art to expand thought. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, exhibiting art internationally as well as organizing to create an active and resistant cultural discourse through information exchange, either in art, pedagogy or organizing artist and educators. amitismotevalli.com

Jim Fox’s Jim Fox is a Los Angeles–based composer whose usually quiet, slow, lyrical music has been described by critics as "austere" and "ethereal" (The Wire magazine) and "phenomenally beautiful" (Kyle Gann, Chamber Music magazine), as well as "sensuous" and "suffused with a beautiful sadness" (Fanfare magazine). He is founder-director of the Cold Blue Music record label, and his music has appeared on the Cold Blue, Innova, CRI, Advance, Grenadilla, Raptoria Caam, and Citadel labels.

Alan Nakagawa is a interdisciplinary artist who utilizes oral history techniques in his community-­based art practice. Primarily known as a sound artist, he is deeply interested in the mechanism of hearing and the history of listening and has completed unique artist residencies with such institutions as the LA Metro, Getty Villa, Echo Park Film Center, Smithsonian Museum of American History and Los Angeles Department of Transportation. He is currently creating a multi‐point sound experience utilizing the recorded acoustics of the Sagrada Familia, Watts Towers, Hiroshima Atomic Dome and the Wendover Hangar. collagecollage.com


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Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light.

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