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Rema Hort Mann Foundation

YoYoYo LA Special Funds Grants

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I am very grateful for the 2014 YoYoYo Grant, as it has allowed me to pursue a project that continues to surprise me…I believe that pursuing the project on this new level will produce an incredibly vulnerable and powerful outcome.  -Zach Kleyn, 2014 recipient

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Helping artists connect with community

The YoYoYo Special Funds Grant Program was established in 2013, with the goal to encourage meaningful engagement between Los Angeles–based artists and their surrounding communities. Artists don’t live in a bubble – through this kind of support, our hope is that this special projects fund will promote artists to share their practice and new ideas with a broader community, shed light on relatively unknown issues, and expand the artist’s reach beyond the studio and the gallery.

We are especially interested in supporting artist collaborations, as the grant can be allocated to awarding participatory honorariums for artists involved in projects who would otherwise be donating their time.

All artists nominated for the LA Emerging Artist Grant are invited to apply. If you have any questions about the eligibility or nominating process, please contact us.

Fund History

The main goal of the Fund is to provide monetary support to projects that focus on fostering the involvement or connection to a specific community, revolving around modes of communication or cultural exchange.

The fund is open to a wide-ranging list of possibilities including panel discussions, artist talks, public presentations of artworks, workshops, web-based activities, lectures, screenings, publications and other events. We encourage projects that allow sharing of cultures or traditions across borders, and we wish to support projects that will bring artists in contact with a defined community or reach a new, broader audience. YoYoYo does not support the purchasing of art materials, equipment, studio space or other supplies needed to make new artwork. Rather, individual and collaborative projects should focus on community engagement and sharing of ideas.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a YoYoYo grant, an artist must have been nominated for the 2015 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grants. Please note: the eight grant recipients and past YoYoYo recipients are not eligible for the YoYoYo grant. Eligible artists may apply as an individual or as a collective, even if the collective is established for the sole purpose of the YoYoYo grant.

Selection Process

Each year, the Foundation forms a ten to twelve member committee to select which projects to support. The committee will be comprised of a diverse group of art professionals, collectors, curators, critics, and artists from the greater Los Angeles area who are familiar with the local emerging artist community. Each committee member independently evaluates each proposal based on the project’s artistic strength, the capacity of the applicant(s) to realize the project, and the articulated impact the activity will have on the intended audience. We ask the committee to look for thoughtful, engaging projects that speak to audiences of fellow artists, a general public or even a highly specialized group within the contemporary art world. Activities do not have to attract large audiences to receive funding.


This Year’s Grantees

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2015 Sponsored Projects

Carmen Argote, “Alex’s Room: Walks”

A set of walking tours, discussion, and printed map to correspond with the exhibition Alex’s Room at the LA gallery Commonwealth and Council. The walks erve to ask: what is the connection between the way we create areas for display, sharing and culture in our private and public spaces? The grant will go toward stipends for participating artists, writer’s fees, and the design and printing of maps for the tour.

Audrey Chan, “JC2”

Publication of a book that chronicles the artist’s performances since 2008 as Judy Chicago’s Chinese-American doppelganger. The book will include interviews and contextual essays by critics and art historians, as well as be accompanied by a book launch to take place at the LA Art Book Fair. The grant will go to support the book design fees. 

Kelman Duran, “OAPS”

The artist, along with other artist collaborators, will imagine ways in which ids-automation can be theorized through performances, panels, and publications. The show will also invite numerous writers, artists and practitioners to write for a publication around the theme of Open Air Prison’s, namely by under-represented artists in Los Angeles, Tijuana, and Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The grant will go towards paying artist panelists for their involvement.

 Samantha B Goodman, “EXCERPTS”

The artist will work with ten diverse Los Angeles based artists working in the fields of dance, music, video, clothing, and lighting, to create a new evening length work designed to provoke heightened sensory experiences for performers and audience members. The grant will go toward an honorarium for each participating artists.

Iris Yirei Hu, “Baumtest”

A quarterly art publication by five first-generation American female artists and writers from Los Angeles that aims to provide a platform of support and experimentation to under-recognized artists of color and non-traditional ways of art-making who contribute to Los Angeles’ multifaceted identity. The grant will go toward the printing and distribution of their sixth issue and the development of a short-term exhibition to accompany the book release.

Bessie Kunath, “Dirty Jokes”

An exhibition by art collective Manual History Machines that focuses on humor as a philosophical device, and will primarily feature LA-based visual artists that layer humor in complex patterns. The grant will go towards shipping, production and promotional costs related to the exhibition.

Rebecca Lieb, “CollectRank”

Development of a website that will serve as a resource for artists to make informed business decisions in regards to their own work. The website will serve as a database of verified, user-compiled information provided by artists and galleries on specific collectors, art dealers and art institutions on their collecting practices, and how they rank amongst their peers. The grant will cover website setup and artist fees.

Elana Mann, “Chats About Change Part II: Acts and Conversations on Art and Politics in Los Angeles”

A series of artist dialogues and exhibitions about arts and the connection to social change, that will specifically spark discussion of recent national events. The Chats will involve the Michelada Think Tank, a group of socially conscious artists. The grant will be used towards an honorarium for artists participants.

Nicolas Miller, “Real Difference is Disruptive”

Publication of a collection of product reviews by the amazon.com user Edward G. Nilges, one of the sites most read users, who has presented a unique model of critical and philosophical engagement with a diverse group of Amazon products, with the goal to encourage serious criticality of ideological and cultural forces within online commercial products. The grant will go towards printing and writer commission for the publication.

Dylan Mira, “A Woman is not a Woman”

Publication that focuses on the research to expand on the concepts addressed in the artist’s eponymous film, including the history of Korean female divers, the destruction of Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid sculpture, and women’s experimental writing. The publication will incorporate imagery, text and interviews culled from the artist’s ongoing research. The grant will go towards printing, shipping, graphic design and artist fees.

Simone Montemurno, “Wik-Ed Women (…The next generation)”

A series of Wikiedia editing workshops for Los Angeles women in the arts to contribute their expertise to Wikipedi, specifically expanding its contents about women artists. The grant will go toward upgrading internet connection, subscription fees to periodical archives, as well as printing costs to publish the Wik-Ed Women’s ‘zine to participants and the arts community.

Albert Samreth, “Toul Sleng High School III”

Travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to produce a documentary film at a former high school turned prison and execution center, which is now the site of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, chronicling genocide during the war. The documentary will confront the complexities within memorial architecture, and will be preserved in the archive at the Bophana Film Center in Phnom Penh. The grant will go towards travel and board for the artist while on location.

 


Past Grantees

2014 Sponsored Projects

Shagha Arriannia and Gelare Khoshgozaran, “All the Cops in the Donut Shop”

The project will feature a unique, collaborative dance performance by two Iranian born artists living in the US. The live performance will take place on September 11, 2014. Funds from the grant went to cover costs of the project, including artist fees, props and costumes, musicians and documentation fees.

David Bell, “Process of Elimination”

Process of Elimination will be comprised of a 20 mile walk through the rapidly changing art scene of East Los Angeles, providing for enrollment of up to 100 participants. Funds from the grant go towards the costs of emergency personnel, maps, refreshments and commemorative backpacks.

Kate Brown, “Owen Land”

This project will bring all of the available 16mm films of Owen Land to Los Angeles for a screening in a show curated by Kate Brown, which will also include films by LA artists. Funding went toward the film rental, projection and general expenses of the project/screening.

Claude Collins-Stracensky, “The Retreat at Hoarsemore”

This project will help initiate a retreat in rural Connecticut for creative professionals of mixed genres from Los Angeles, New York, Boston and abroad. The retreat carries forward the mission of Collective Field, started in 2009 by Collins-Stracensky, to share knowledge of diverse fields through creative experiences in new and interesting contexts. Funds from the grant will be used for the project director’s travel as well as preparations for the Fall 2014 invitees.

Fiona Connor and Ramak Fazel, “Placeholder for a Grand Central Market Archive”

Over the course of two years, the team will create an archive of 24 photographic prints and recorded interviews at the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles. Upon the completion of the project in 2016, the archive will be given to the Los Angeles Central Library, where it will be accessible to library users. The grant funds monthly costs, photography, recorder cost and purchase of domain name.

Akina Cox and Joseph Imhauser, “lyeberry”

The founders of lyeberry will host a screening of new video works that explore Camp Mozumdar, and expand on the project by filming in upstate New York and hosting an event in Mexico City in November. Funds from the grant paid for artist fees and travel to New York City and Mexico.

Michelle Dizon, “Year Zero”

Year Zero is a hypermedia project that explores the intersection between art and ecology with a specific interest in indigenous peoples and climate change. Year Zero will exist as a hyperlinked archive of the artist’s footage as well as footage that other communities will add over time. The fund will provide general support for the project, including web development costs.

Jonathan Hornedo and Veronica Duarte, “Rock, Paper, Guns”

Rock, Paper, Guns is a binational curatorial project that aims to create an exchange of visual and conceptual ideas between artists from Ciudad Juarez (Mexico) and Los Angeles (U.S.). The project features an exhibition (in LA and in Mexico), panel discussion, and 2-5 workshops. Funds from the grant will go towards project and artist costs.

Ian James and Matt Siegle, “PCS DVD”

PCS DVD is a nine month experimental video series connecting contemporary LA video artists with video makers from abroad. Exhibitions began in June 2013, and continue to occur in weeklong exhibitions at metro pcs, a Chinatown artist project space. The grant was used to assist with equipment and production costs.

Zach Kleyn, Adam Overton and Jay Erker, “Doubtful: Creative Uncertainty and Transformation”

Doubtful is an interview-based radio show within the creative community in Los Angeles that aims to examine the connections between art-making, fear, and the evolution of culture. Doubtful began recording in September 2014 and will initially be available as a podcast. Funds from the grant will cover costs of recording equipment, a website and interview stipends.

Simone Montemurno, “Wik-Ed Women”

Wik-Ed Women will be a series of Wikipedia editing sessions / workshops for Los Angeles women in the arts to contribute their expertise to Wikipedia, specifically expanding its contents about women artists. Wik-Ed Women will take place on the first Wednesday of each month beginning in September 2014 at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA). The grant funded supplies, printing costs, and research subscriptions.

Ignacio Perez Meruane, “Area”

Area is a group exhibition scheduled to be held at Commonwealth and Council in December 2014 / January 2015.  Funds from the grant were used for the shipping and framing of work for the three artists currently committed to the show as well as materials.

Monica Rodriguez, “Tobacco Factory Readings”

This project features a collective reading group, taking as a starting point the tradition of reading aloud from the Tobacco Factories in the Caribbean, and featuring a different reader each month to create a collaborative, discussion-driven forum. The grant will be used for supplies, refreshments and artist fees for a series of five readings.

Asha Schecter, “Image and image and image and image…..”

The project is a newsprint publication dealing with our contemporary relationship to image production, circulation and consumption, consisting primarily of interviews with artists and professionals. The publication will be distributed at art bookstores. The grant went toward design, printing, and transcription of interviews.

Martine Syms, “Black Radical Imagination”

Focusing on the Black Diaspora, Black Radical Imagination will be a publication that comes out of a touring program of visual shorts that delve into the worlds of new media, video art, and experimental narrative. The book will be between 100-200 pages and the project will launch in October 2014. The grant funds a portion of the printing, writer’s fees and distribution.

Robert Wechsler and Christopher Stewart, “Specie”

Artists will combine their expertise to create ultra-high resolution images of uniquely patinated US Pennies, to be explored via a “Google-Earth” like website. The grant provided funds for technology services, a developer, and design costs.

Marisa Williamson, “Hemings in Paris: A Film Project”

Marisa Williamson will travel to Paris to make a short film exploring the experiences of Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson’s slave and, according to most historians, his mistress of almost forty years. The funds from the grant went toward overall travel and artist costs.


2013 Sponsored Projects

Claire Baker, “Watch Marks Move”

A one-minute film on her artistic practice to share in lieu of a studio visit, allowing her to inform the public about her work. The grant covered the complete costs of camera rental and production costs.

Alika Cooper, “The Moon on the Porch”

A two-part screening series at Los Angeles’ Night Gallery, featuring the films of Marjorie Keller (1950-1994), a feminist filmmaker whose subject matter included childbirth, parenting, the female experience, and adolescence.  The screenings offer an important resource to other artists looking to themes of embodiment, representation of female bodies, and avante garde video history/techniques. The grant covered the costs for production and promotion of the event.

 

Devin Ferrand and Ariel Herwitz, “USNormandy Exchange Kiln Project”

A commission to travel to and build a ceramic kiln in Normandy, France, to be used by American soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The ceramics workshop is part of the larger art therapy program established by the Patton Foundation to help army veterans, especially those suffering from PTSD. This grant paid for travel to Normandy, France to carry out the project.

Victoria Fu, “Lorem Ipsum”

A special exhibition collaboration between the artist and colleague Kellie Lanham, that acts to bridge the gap between artist and curator in a form of an experimental curatorial laboratory open to the public. This exhibition and proceeding publication will examine the unsettling cultural and psychological spaces the work opens up in the viewer and the aesthetic formulas that allow the virtual world to seep into and change human experience. This grant paid for printing, website design and essay commission for accompanying publication.

Becky Kolsrud, “The Habit of Being”

Two artists place ads to be English tutors in bakeries, one in Paris, one in a predominantly Latino neighborhood in LA, setting up a website archive of letters and exchanges of the experiences between the two artists. The grant covered costs for travel to Paris, tutoring subsidization, and stationary and postage for correspondence.

John Mills, “Including, but not Limited To…”

A proposal for a group exhibition of LA-based artists who consciously explore linguistic or text-based elements in their work. The grant covered writer’s fees for catalogue essay, and other related publication fees.

Simone Montemurno, “No. 2024”

The production of a vinyl record as a distilled representation between the artist and her neighbor. Compositions by Byron Westbrook, inspired by artist’s heavy-metal loving neighbor, give the listener a sense of eavesdropping. The grant paid for the production of vinyl records that could be given away, traded, and circulated amidst the community, in order to cultivate the sharing of this experience.

Amir Nikravan, “Critical Text”

Publication focused on the artist’s fall solo exhibition at Various Small Fires, addressing lack of thoughtful writing about emerging artists shows, leading to ongoing effort to document other emerging artist’s work. The grant went to writer honorariums and publication costs.

Sara Rara, “On Fire!”

A screening of a series of films, both experimental and found footage, that deal with images of fire, held on the hottest day of the year. Pertaining especially to the fire-ridden Southern California, the series ponders the difference between fighting fire and guiding it. The grant covered costs for renting 16mm films, borrow video work and pay fees to participating artists and musicians.

Matt Siegle, “Metro P.C.S.”

Start up of a new project space, Metro PCS, with the intention for it to remain an artist-run gallery, rather than become commercial or non-profit. The goal is to allow the space to remain a space for experimentation in art and provide a venue for artist’s lectures, performance, and discussion. This grant covered start up costs for the gallery’s first 6 months of operation.

Peter Wu and Dorit Cypis, “Can ‘i’ be Dropped from History” Panel Discussion

A panel discussion between the two artists about their new film collaboration, with a chosen moderator, to coincide with the show “Folding Timerhymes” at Greene Exhibitions. The grant covered research and production for the event, as well as an honorarium to the artists and moderator.

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