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Anna Ayeroff

Anna Ayeroff

Anna Ayeroff is an artist and art educator based in Los Angeles. She works primarily in sculpture, photography and film, using her art practice as a research tool. Ayeroff builds imagined perfect worlds, performs rituals of place making and enacts a search for utopia through her work. 

When she is not on the road searching for perfect places, her project, "a space (for art)", an art education mentorship program for children and teens based in her studio, is her method for moving mountains. 

Her work has been included in several exhibitions in Los Angeles and throughout the United States. 

Artist Statement & CV 

My paternal grandfather was born in 1911, in Clarion, Utah, a small farm colony developed by a group of Jewish immigrants who came from New York City. They wanted to live off of the land. They wanted to make a different kind of life than the ghetto life they had always known. They were radicals. The colony failed after a few short years.

My practice starts with a story. Clarion locates me in a lineage. And my practice is built from that place. People searching for a better way of life, people looking to change their worlds, the world. Clarion is my field site, my stage, my flawed foundation.

I read Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s early feminist Utopian story, Moving the Mountain, shortly after my first visit to the Clarion site. Gilman refers to her text as a “baby utopia, a little one that can grow.” She tells the story of a world not so different from our own, with a value placed on community, shared space, goodness. She got me asking, “How do I move mountains?”

Driving is a way to. Mountains shift place in my window frame as I pass. Get in the van. Go.

Photography is a way to. Double exposures. Copies. Multiples. Photography is a method for communing with the past. It is my way of building futures. The photograph is recorded time. It is moments of light made still. The photograph tells a story. The dark room, the sunlight, making records of time passing.

I process my film with a non-toxic developer made from coffee and vitamin C. Caffenol. This is a process rich with flaws. My film is streaked with stains. Scan it and the image is brightly colored, the scanner software strangely interpreting light as nearly neon, contemporary. Printing in the darkroom with caffenol as the developer, stains the paper coffee colored, dating it. I use cyanotypes to make prints with sunlight, time making marks upon chemistry as the sun shifts overhead.

Time collapses. Time is performed. Time moves mountains.

My artworks are a record of my research, they are methods for searching, they are the documents of my movements back to the land. They remind me of the value of the wild, of the soil, of the giant majestic mountains. They remind me to try to move mountains. They allow me to move mountains. An earnest, perhaps naive, attempt to make the world better.

CV

Education

2007-2010 BFA, with Honors, Sculpture/New Genres, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

2007 Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art, Pont Aven, France
2004-2006 Columbia University, New York, NY

Exhibitions

2016 Land/Light/Longitude, (With Everything but the Monkey Head), Institute of Cultural Inquiry, Los Angeles CA

2015 Translations for Co-conspirators, DAC Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Freeway Studies #2: Inside the Quad,
Ben Maltz Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2013 Anna Ayeroff, reDiscover Center, Los Angeles, CA

2013 The Bryant Loft, San Francisco, CA

2012 Pleasure Cruise, Viracocha, San Francisco, CA

2012 Myths of Progress, Kala Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2011 Clarion Calls, Jewish Community Center, Salt Lake City, UT

2011 100/101: Alex Harvey and Anna Ayeroff, Institute of Cultural Inquiry, Los Angeles, CA (Solo Exhibition curated by Alex Harvey)

2010 Business As Usual, Otis College of Art and Design Thesis Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA

2009 High Noon: Same Time, 8 Different Places, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2009 Out of Order, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2009 Ménage à Trente-Sept, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2009 John Was Here, An Exhibition Juried by John Baldessari, A+D Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2008 ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ, LA Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

2008 Routine reinvented at Otis College of Art and Design for Allan Kaprow: Art as Life, MOCA, Los Angeles, CA

Screenings, Performances, Lectures

2016 Femmes' Video Art Festival, LACE, Los Angeles, CA, Film Screening
2013 The Gringas,
Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA, Film Screening
2011 LISTENING with Alex Harvey and Anna Ayeroff,
Institute of Cultural Inquiry, Los Angeles, CA, Performance

2010 your desires create your universe, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA, Lecture

2009 c’est l’amour, Synchronicity Space, Los Angeles, CA, Film Screening Koniotopia, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA, Performance

Awards and Residencies

2016 Researcher, “With Everything but the Monkey Head” Project, Institute of Cultural Inquiry, Los Angeles, CA

2014 Visualist is Residence, Institute of Cultural Inquiry, Los Angeles, CA

2014 Starry Night Artist in Residence, Truth or Consequences, NM
2010 Crictic’s Pick for C
larion Calls i n Business as Usual Exhibition

Bibliography

She Explores, "Women on the Road, Anna Ayeroff: Moving Mountains," SheExplores.com, May 2016

Moret, A., “Anna Ayeroff: Where is She Now?”, Installation Magazine, March 2014

Cheng, DeWitt. "'Myths of Progress' Explores Post-Illusionism", East Bay Express, February 2012.

Florenkowsky, Emily. "Inquiry into the Institute of Cultural Inquiry," Meta Magazine, 2011.

Moret, A., “Interview with Anna Ayeroff,” Whitehot Magazine, March 2011

Harvey, Alex, 100/101: Alex Harvey and Anna Ayeroff, Exhibition Catalog, Los Angeles, Institute of Cultural Inquiry, 2011

Anna Ayeroff

"In each mind was only a thready fragment of an idea of the world-"

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DESCRIPTION 8x10", original cyanotype  "My artworks are a record of my research, they are methods for searching, they are the documents of my movements back to the land," explains Ayeroff....

Anna Ayeroff

"These roads, hundreds of thousands of miles of them,"

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DESCRIPTION 8x10", original cyanotype  "My artworks are a record of my research, they are methods for searching, they are the documents of my movements back to the land," explains Ayeroff....

Anna Ayeroff

"We gave our minds to it, you see, at last."

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DESCRIPTION 8x10", original cyanotype  "My artworks are a record of my research, they are methods for searching, they are the documents of my movements back to the land," explains Ayeroff....

Anna Ayeroff

"A narrow crack ran along the lowest curve."

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DESCRIPTION 8x10", Silver gelatin print resin­ coated print, developed with Caffenol "Photography is a method for communing with the past. It is my way of building futures. The photograph is recorded...

Anna Ayeroff

"beautifully shaped and too heavy to be easily moved."

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DESCRIPTION 8x10", Silver gelatin print resin­ coated print, developed with Caffenol "Photography is a method for communing with the past. It is my way of building futures. The photograph is recorded...

Anna Ayeroff

"with all untrimmed nature to travel through."

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DESCRIPTION 8x10", Silver gelatin print resin­ coated print, developed with Caffenol "Photography is a method for communing with the past. It is my way of building futures. The photograph is recorded...

Anna Ayeroff

"everywhere the eager attention of real interest"

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DESCRIPTION 14.6x18", archival pigment print  "Photography is a method for communing with the past. It is my way of building futures. The photograph is recorded time. It is moments of light...

Anna Ayeroff

"They couldn't alter the face of the earth much - that was still recognizable"

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DESCRIPTION 14.6x18", archival pigment print  "Photography is a method for communing with the past. It is my way of building futures. The photograph is recorded time. It is moments of light...

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"and the spirit of beauty is encouraged"

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DESCRIPTION 14.6x18", archival pigment print  "Photography is a method for communing with the past. It is my way of building futures. The photograph is recorded time. It is moments of light...

Anna Ayeroff

A Short Distance (i)

$ 220.00

DESCRIPTION 3"x3"x3" Quartz & Plastic This series is named from the Preface to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1911 Feminist Utopian novel Moving the Mountain: “a short distance Utopia, a baby Utopia,...

Anna Ayeroff

A Short Distance (j)

$ 220.00

DESCRIPTION 3"x3"x3" Quartz & Plastic This series is named from the Preface to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1911 Feminist Utopian novel Moving the Mountain: “a short distance Utopia, a baby Utopia,...

Anna Ayeroff

A Short Distance (e)

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DESCRIPTION 3"x3"x3" Quartz & Plastic This series is named from the Preface to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1911 Feminist Utopian novel Moving the Mountain: “a short distance Utopia, a baby Utopia,...

Anna Ayeroff

A Short Distance (l)

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DESCRIPTION 3"x3"x3" Quartz & Plastic This series is named from the Preface to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1911 Feminist Utopian novel Moving the Mountain: “a short distance Utopia, a baby Utopia,...

Anna Ayeroff

A Short Distance (b)

$ 220.00

DESCRIPTION 3"x3"x3" Quartz & Plastic This series is named from the Preface to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1911 Feminist Utopian novel Moving the Mountain: “a short distance Utopia, a baby Utopia,...

Anna Ayeroff

A Short Distance (k)

$ 220.00

DESCRIPTION 3"x3"x3" Quartz & Plastic This series is named from the Preface to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1911 Feminist Utopian novel Moving the Mountain: “a short distance Utopia, a baby Utopia,...

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