Kim Gordon

1 July 2015

Design Office: Noise Name Paintings and Sculptures of Rock Bands that are broken up

The exhibition is part of the collaboration between the DESTE Foundation and the Benaki Museum, which aims to promote new and radical developments in contemporary art through a series of solo and group contemporary art exhibitions hosted at the museum.

For her show at the Benaki Museum, Gordon will be presenting a selection of the "Noise Paintings" along with a new body of work. During the show's opening she will be performing with her band Body/Head (12.06.2015, 20:00).

Kim Gordon's works often reflexively reference her practices in other disciplines. The "Noise Paintings" popularize the type of music that they symbolize and acknowledge, and thus, a web of references emerges between authorship, visualization and the reciprocal influence of poetic communication. The paintings are in a way oracular, as the words they display are orphaned from their intended context, existing in a pure visual language space, with no informational potential beyond their imagistic and contextual properties. The long, hall-like room at the Benaki Museum, Main Building is a memorial to bands that worked with dissonance and aspects of what is now called noise music. The stretched canvases included in the exhibition represent noise bands, while the squashed floor sculptures are names of bands that no longer exist and that used dissonance, an element in music that goes all the way back to Luigi Russolo and the art of the Futurists. 13/06/2015 – 30/08/2015

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