Baik Art presents Talk Through the Hand, an outdoor wall work by Los Angeles artist
Elana Mann who, for this project, adopts an image from the domain of sound—
conversational and musical—through the suggested action of listening. Mann has
proposed an instrument that illuminates both the political attempts to constrain public
speech and the resilience of the human voice to prevail against all odds. Her wall
project (facing La Cienega Boulevard at the southeast corner of Venice and La Cienega
Boulevards in Los Angeles) will be on view from April 16 until July 16, 2016.
Throughout her career, Elana Mann has produced a diverse collection of collages,
performances, recordings, sculptures, and videos, which carry her observations and
visual commentary related to the perception of sound, sometimes with a revisionist’s
assessment of the historical record. Her work is charged with alternative messages
that, typically, are left open to interpretation. Her art practice bears an unassuming
tone, underscored with social annotation that is always positive. On first observation,
one may think Mann’s Talk Through the Hand wall image is intriguing, but let the work
set awhile and the artist’s transcendent philosophical connections start to appear.