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Anna Sew Hoy

Peres Projects

Part fine art, part folk art, with a dash of bling-bling thrown in, the recent sculptures in Anna Sew Hoy’s West Coast solo debut cobble together materials as disparate as driftwood, perfume bottles, and back issues of National Geographic, all with guidance from the art of ikebana. In this Japanese form, flowers and leaves are arranged in vessels into harmonic, dynamic compositions—each a mannered attempt to convey an impression of nature. But if ikebana is these sculptures’ starting point, it’s met with echoes of a range of artistic practices (Isamu Noguchi, Howard Finster, Jessica Stockholder, David Nash, and Cady Noland) linked together with attitude straight from the nightclub; these works arrive tarted up with jewelry, designer fragrances, and stickers from the indoor swap meet. Calm day (all works 2003) is a good example: a flash/trash puzzle/pretzel made of crushed Sapporo beer

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