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Kate Gilmore

177 North 9th Street, 718-599-2144
November 17 - December 23, 2006
Reception: Saturday, November 18, 7 - 9 PM
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In her video performances, Kate Gilmore creates uncomfortable situations for herself and the viewer. These are real predicaments-sometimes painful and even potentially dangerous-but ones that she has created for herself. Gilmore’s video works force you to squirm in a strange empathetic reaction to her predicaments. Included in this exhibition will be two new works: Main Squeeze and Anything…. Main Squeeze is a two-channel video, showing the artist both coming and going as she attempts to pull herself through an ever-smaller tunnel. Her feminine, turquoise satin top becomes caught on screws and she appears to suffer bouts of claustrophobia before she finally reaches the end of the tunnel. In Anything… Gilmore sets up a particularly resonant scenario for the viewer. Filmed from above, she appears to reach toward you, attempting to reach ever higher, as she builds a precarious assemblage of tables, chairs, and stools, strung together with a delicate pink twine, upon which to climb. “Her carefully constructed performances belie the impression of futility and hopelessness one might take away from her work. Rather, her meticulous control of both sets and costumes hints at the elaborate farce the artist is trying to create in her humorous video performances.” (Katharine C. Ebner, 2005)
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