Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – sound art

Alan Nakagawa

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – sound art
Region: Los Angeles
MacDowell fellowships: 2015

I am most inspired to create sound-based experiences that combine deeply personal stories with textural audio sculpture. I prefer art you can touch, the analog and the dream aesthetic. Utilizing my passion for sound, painting, sculpture, and technology, I have created environments and performative work that breaks down geography, nationalism, and time. For instance, In my recent inter-active scuplture work created during a mini-residency at the Getty Villa, Malibu California, I developed work that was inspired by ancient mythologies and mis-conceptions of the field of conservation, curatorial practices, and educational outreach, while also drawing from imagery from the museum's collection of ancient artifacts. The work was multi-media, retro-techonological, touch-participatory, and funny.

Studios

Heinz

Alan Nakagawa worked in the Heinz studio.

The icehouse, built of fieldstone in 1914–1915, was a practical part of Mrs. MacDowell’s plan for a self-sufficient farm. Winter ice cut from a nearby pond was stored here for summer use on the property. Idle since 1940, it was a handsome but outdated farm building. In 1995, Mrs. Drue Heinz, a vice chairman of…

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