Anna sew Hoy, Invisible Tattoo

Anna Sew Hoy: Invisible Tattoo
June 9–July 29, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday, June 9, 6–8pm

Koenig & Clinton is pleased to announce Anna Sew Hoy: Invisible Tattoo, the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York since 2010. The exhibition features recent sculpture that continues to posit relationships between raw materials and found objects, bodies and environments, and temporality and permanence.

An interdisciplinary artist who frequently employs clay and clothing, Sew Hoy’s sculptures persistently explore material transformation in structure, function, and inversion. Reflectivity or makeshift apertures throughout Sew Hoy’s works create opportunities for viewers to catch a glimpse of themselves or others in the act of looking.

Various steel rings in Sight Stand (2015) aim our gaze from specific heights and separate vantage points, generating unexpected sightlines within the exhibition. Scattered Denim Worms resemble familiar mutants, and invoke the body as well as its absence within their discarded skins.

Sew Hoy combines unexpected, often incongruous media — cinderblock and fired stoneware, resin and ear buds, or mirror and fiberglass — to initiate playful questions about the relationship between persons and things. Sculptures placed throughout the gallery invite visitors to become intimately acquainted with their uncanny shapes, sizes, and voids. In this way, the artist insists that we go beyond looking at these objects; instead, we look into and through them, we inhabit them, and we become framed by them.

Invisible Tattoo suggests simultaneous presence and absence — an indelible mark imprinted into flesh that nonetheless remains unseen. On July 27, these connections will be elucidated through a performance and a reading by Dawn Kasper and Laurie Weeks.

Anna Sew Hoy (b. 1976) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received her MFA from Bard College in 2008. Sew Hoy has held solo exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Art, CA; Sikkema, Jenkins & Co., NY; Leslie Fritz Gallery, NY; LAXART, Los Angeles; and Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco. Her work has also been exhibited at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; Torrance Art Museum, CA; The Apartment, Athens, Greece; Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, Aspen Art Museum, CO; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Asia Society, NY. Sew Hoy was awarded a California Community Foundation Grant for Emerging Artists (2013) and the United States Artists Broad Fellowship (2006) and has held residencies at Heart of Los Angeles, the Space Program at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, and Ceramica Suro, Guadalajara, Mexico. Her work is in the collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum Contemporary Art San Diego, CA; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA and Altoids Collection, NY.

For further information please contact or call (212) 334-9255. Hours of operation are Tuesday–Saturday, 11AM–6PM through Saturday, June 25, 2016. Beginning July 5, 2016 the gallery will be open Monday–Friday, 11AM–6PM. The gallery is also open by appointment.




In this work bodies merge with stuff. Cellphone cords become veins, seams of jeans dangle like hair and earbuds sink into heads. The sculptures rest upright on cinderblocks and furniture dollies. In their reflection we see ourselves taken apart and reconstructed. Clay bodies are our stand-ins.

The sculpture Invisible Tattoo consists of two denim-covered bodies with mirror faces. They call for you to look inside, like reflective sunglasses that hide eyes and suggest unknowable thoughts. Invisible Tattoo holds space rather than reflecting anything in particular.

Arm hooks on the walls present flexing biceps veined with electrical wires. Denim Worms are draped over the hooks. These boneless jean-clad appendages wind down the walls; they creep across the floor and pile into a corner.

Black tourmaline is a crystal used to diffuse the radiation emitted by laptops and hand-held devices. In the sculpture Utopic Accumulation, black tourmaline and electronics become yin and yang within a stoneware architecture. Utopic Accumulation hangs above our heads, a talisman to the balance we are struggling to achieve.

Walking down the street, we cloak our auras in a protective stance. Denim skin is armor. We give each other sidelong glances as we glide by making mental lists and texting our partners. Bubble Space (Partially Buried) is a sculpture of our public shell. Land Art, performance and architecture inform the works here.

Steel rings in Sight Stand frame parts of other sculpture and perhaps your friend’s elbow. The rings are windows that frame and reframe as you move around the gallery. Real and reflected space get mixed up, too.

In Woven Void arms encircle emptiness while dressed in denim. Empty space is utopic. It is not wanting, not needing; it is space to think and wander. Embodied heads I-IV feature an inner architecture that does not adhere to the hegemony of the Cartesian. We are Embodied Heads when our thoughts are the meat and bones of our body and we are living out our idea of a different world.

Anna Sew Hoy