press release

Kim Gordon
May 7 - June 23, 2010

Gordon's large-scale, black-and-white word paintings are drawn from her Noise Paintings series (begun in 2009) and consist of drippy, immediate, spontaneous gestures both writing and performing the hand-scripted names of experimental noise acts such as Pussy Galore, Secret Abuse, and Bad Adult. (Bad Adult is the name of an amplified noise collective consisting of Kim Gordon and Jutta Koether who inaugurate their own noise-making and other activities on opening night with the performance "The Promise of Originality"). A cacophony of dripping noise also permeates Gordon's watercolors on newspapers, obliterating the quotidian news with lyrical and performative stains and splashesÑpurposively ephemeral acts of erasure and celebrations of joyful nihilism. Rounding out the installation/performance are sculptural objects fashioned out of painted, glittering tree branches tangled with nylon stockings, again conjuring up a dark, sexual underbelly pulsing through the installation/performance/book