Yann Novak is a sound and visual artist living and working in Los Angeles. Through the use of sound, light and space, he explores how these intangible materials can act as catalysts to focus our awareness on the present moment and alter our perception of time. Novak’s work, whether conceptual or rooted in phenomenon, is informed by his investigations of presence, stillness and mindfulness. His works can be experienced as audiovisual installations and performances, durational performances, architectural interventions, sound diffusions, concerts and recorded sound works.
Novak has presented his installation work through solo and two-person exhibitions at Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena; The Broad, Los Angeles; Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles; Dancity Festival, Foligno; The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; Human Resources, Los Angeles; Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles; and Soundfjord, London. His sound and video works have been presented internationally as part of multiple group exhibitions, screenings and diffusions at venues and events including Acud Macht Neu, Berlin; California Museum of Photography, Riverside; Call & Response, London; Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto; Gift_Lab, Tokyo; GV Art Gallery, London; LOOP Festival, Barcelona; Modern Art Museum of Medellín, Medellín; North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Share Festival, Torino; Susanne Vielmetter LA Projects, Los Angeles; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; among others.
His performance works have been experienced internationally at sound art/electronic music festivals including the A×S Festival, Pasadena; Decibel Festival, Seattle; Forward Festival, Washington; Mutek Festival, Montreal; Resonant Forms Festival, Los Angeles; Soundwalk, Long Beach and at art venues and museums including the de Young Museum, San Francisco; Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Machine Project, Los Angeles; Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena; Oboro, Montreal; The Stone, New York; Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park; among others.
Novak’s solo and collaborative recorded works have been published on numerous releases on such labels as Éter, Farmacia901, Hibernate Recordings, LINE, Murmur Records, Touch, and Unfathomless. His recorded works have also appeared on multiple international sound art and electronic music compilations on labels such as Crónica, Dronarivm, Drone Records, Estuary Ltd., Home Normal, Mandorla, Monochrome Vision, IO Sound, among others.