Yann Novak

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In Residence is an ongoing work in-progress exploring the relationship between sound, narrative, and location. It is a series of experiments in various forms: audiovisual performance, installation, and CD/DVD publication constructed from photographs and recordings, collected during three artist residencies in fall of 2007. Through digital manipulation, the source materials are transformed; a translation of experience, from the literal to the romantic.

In Residence 6

, 2009
— Audiovisual Installation

Las Cienegas 06.18.2009 -12.17.2011, a cloth-bound, hard cover book documenting the history of Las Cienegas Projects, an artist-run project space in Los Angeles operating between 2009-2011. Opening its doors during the peak of the Great Recession, Las Cienegas Projects singularly bridged the wide-ranging art communities and diverse practices of Los Angeles, serving, in the words of artist, scholar, and educator Charles Gaines, as “an alternative to the alternative space”.

Designed by Jennifer Rider in conjunction with LCP’s founders Amy Thoner and Steven Hull, the 416 page book serves as an archive of the gallery’s 61 exhibitions from its main curatorial program, including extensive photographic documentation in full color and the original press release texts. Opening the book is an introduction by Los Angeles-based writer Susan Morgan, followed by the Charles Gaines essay, “Las Cienegas Projects: Art, Egalitarianism, and the Well-being of Artists,” which critically examines the history of alternative spaces while contextualizing LCP’s unique place within that history.

Related Recordings & Publications

Las Cienegas 06.18.2009 -12.17.2011

, 2015
— Book

Las Cienegas 06.18.2009 -12.17.2011, a cloth-bound, hard cover book documenting the history of Las Cienegas Projects, an artist-run project space in Los Angeles operating between 2009-2011. Opening its doors during the peak of the Great Recession, Las Cienegas Projects singularly bridged the wide-ranging art communities and diverse practices of Los Angeles, serving, in the words of artist, scholar, and educator Charles Gaines, as “an alternative to the alternative space”.

Designed by Jennifer Rider in conjunction with LCP’s founders Amy Thoner and Steven Hull, the 416 page book serves as an archive of the gallery’s 61 exhibitions from its main curatorial program, including extensive photographic documentation in full color and the original press release texts. Opening the book is an introduction by Los Angeles-based writer Susan Morgan, followed by the Charles Gaines essay, “Las Cienegas Projects: Art, Egalitarianism, and the Well-being of Artists,” which critically examines the history of alternative spaces while contextualizing LCP’s unique place within that history.

In Residence 6 (Stereo)

, 2009
— EP

In Residence 6 focuses specifically on the rain soaked month spent at the Espy Foundation residency in Oysterville, WA, October 2007. Using the steady drone of the constant rain as a point of departure, the work explores the emotional response to this prolonged period of rain through the construction of a melancholic and meditative narrative.

The audio work presented here is an abridged stereo version of the original 4.1 dolby surround installation presented at Las Cienegas Projects in Los Angeles, CA July 25 – September 5, 2009. 

Credits

Cover image is a still from In Residence 6, 2009.

In Residence

, 2008
— Album

Dragon’s Eye Recordings is proud to announce the release of In Residence by Yann Novak. In Residence is the final product of three artist residencies Novak attended in the fall of 2007. From each residency a composition was born, compiled here based on their thematic similarities. On In Residence, Novak explores the feelings of isolation some artists experience while working in solitary conditions for long stretches of time. Novak utilized this time to push his process to the limit by abstracting his source materials beyond recognition. The result is a lonely sound world with distant sounds passing by, while the entire piece quivers with anticipation.

Credits

Special thanks to The Espy Foundation, Environmental Aesthetics & Kasini House.
Mastered by Kamran Sadeghi.
Photo by Steven Miller.