Kim Gordon studied at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles in the late 1970s and has continued to work as an artist since. Her first solo exhibition presented under the name ‘Design Office’ took place at New York’s White Columns in 1981. For the past thirty years Gordon has worked consistently across disciplines and across distinct cultural fields: art, design, writing, fashion (X-Girl), music (Sonic Youth, Free Kitten, Body/Head), and film/video (both as actress and director).
Gordon’s artworks include the ongoing ‘Noise Painting’ series, depicting the names of experimental and noise groups; a series of paintings depicting the names of contemporary galleries and gallery owners; works from the untitled ‘From The Boyfriend’ series – Rorschach-like images painted on used denim skirts; ‘Twitter Paintings’ sourced from the Twitter streams of ‘GIRLS’ producer Jenni Konner, critic Jerry Saltz, and artist Richard Prince among others; and her ‘Wreath Paintings’, which employ the decorative folk forms as stencils to produce vertiginous color abstractions. An insistence on dismantling the hierarchical sanctity of the object has become a through line in Gordon’s practice, and in her most recent work, canvases are treated with direct application of paints, resins, glitters and fiberglass, as well as physical manipulation. Performing a painting becomes its own medium, as finished works are crumpled, overturned and flung. Fixed between states of de- and re-composition, battle scars from past performances become gestural abstraction via mischievous punk irreverence.
2017 Kim Gordon & Rodney Graham, L’Académie Conti, Dijon, France
2016 Manifesta 11, Zurich, Switzerland
2015 Noise Name Paintings And Sculptures Of Rock Bands That Are Broken Up, Benaki Museum / Deste
Foundation, Athens, Greece
Design Office: The City Is A Garden, 303 Gallery, New York
All Instruments Agree: an exhibition or a concert, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
2014 Coming Soon, Design Office, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles
1NVERSIONS with Nick Mauss, Frieze Projects, London
2013 Design Office with Kim Gordon – 1980, White Columns, New York
2012 Karen Kilimnik & Kim Gordon, 303 Gallery, New York
2009 Sonic Youth ETC.: Sensational Fix, (Traveling exhibition) MUSEION, Bolzano; Kunsthalle Dusseldorf;
Malmo Kunsthalle; Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid
2006 Music is a Better Noise, MoMA/PS1, New York