KS Art announces come across an exhibition of new abstract watercolors by Kim Gordon. Painted on translucent rice paper these ethereal images recall faces of audience members from the perspective of the performer. This exhibition also includes a sound piece that Gordon has created in collaboration with Thurston Moore.
“I’m interested in the relationship between performer and audience, and the unspoken power that a performer has. For example, you sometimes have more power if you’re vulnerable; there’s a certain amount of trust that the audience gives you and they want you to come across for them.”
“I thought about this kind of alternative perspective when I was doing a series of watercolors that depict audience members from the point of view of being on stage. I was trying to see how abstract I could make them and have them still look like faces. I used metallic inks to give the effect that I was turning the lightshow on the audience. I was trying to reverse the idea in my head that the audiences were the performers, and the performer is the audience”.—Kim Gordon
Kim Gordon, a founding member of Sonic Youth studied art at Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles and has been making visual art ever since. Recent exhibitions include Portraits #17-37, Iguapop Gallery, Barcelona (2007), Dead Already (with Jutta Koether), Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York (2007), and Reverse Karaoke (with Jutta Koether) Her Noise, South London Gallery, London (2005). Gordon has published numerous artist books, and has contributed articles to Artforum, ZG, Real Life.