Thursday, June 25, 2009

"assemblage minus the glue"

I often struggle with the art world in New York, after having gone to school in L.A. and having started with New Image Gallery.  The "high" art world here, in New York, is so different. I really respect and appreciate it.  I have been lucky enough to work among people who have introduced me to artists' works that I've absolutely fallen in love with.  Karen Kilimnik is one of them.   

Her work is amazing.  Her paintings are really great but what I really love are her drawings.  I can't find the particular drawings that I've seen in person on line, but here are a couple of examples.  I've met Karen on a couple of occasions and she is one of the most sweetest people I've ever met.  If she ever has a show up around you, I definitely suggest going.

Some quotes from articles about Karen.  

 "As Kilimnik states: 'Being so inspired by fairy tales, mysteries, books, TV shows, and ballets, et cetera, I like to make up characters myself as if I’m a playwright.' Her mode of appropriation thus involves possession as much as fantasy." -Whitney Biennial

Starting in the late 1980s, scatter art was a proving ground where early 1980s appropriation art was given a new life by infusions from early ’70s Process Art. Its basic strategy of accumulations of separate images and objects — a kind of assemblage or collage, minus the glue — has had a pervasive influence on the art of the last 15 years. -NY Times

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