Kate GilmoreSeptember 5 - December 7, 2008
Kate Gilmore loves a challenge. For her performance-based video works, she sets up a difficult physical task—a precarious tower of strung-together furniture to climb, for instance—dons lipstick and a fancy dress, and documents herself making the attempt. She has jumped rope on a perforated wooden platform while wearing stilettos (Double Dutch, 2004), ascended a slippery ramp in rollerskates (Cake Walk, 2005), and forced her satin-clad body through a tiny tunnel (Main Squeeze, 2006).
The dogged persistence of Gilmore's protagonists suggests the obsessive behavior that can characterize daily efforts to cope with high expectations. These dolled-up women seem desperate for success, love, or attention—desires traditionally bound up with gender and the condition of artmaking. In all of her projects, Gilmore strives for compositional perfection, and her incongruous party clothes are always perfectly coordinated with the installation itself. Combining physical comedy, palpable effort, and a whiff of real danger, Gilmore's work evokes time-based "endurance" work of the 1970s, such as that of Vito Acconci, and expands on feminist and performance art in the tradition of Joan Jonas and Marina Abramovic.
For the Project Space, Gilmore will construct a new challenge and star in a corresponding video, to be shown alongside several earlier video works.
Kate Gilmore (b. 1975 Washington, DC; lives New York) received a BFA from Bates College, and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2002. She has had solo exhibitions at venues including Artpace, San Antonio, Maisterravalbuena Galeria, Madrid, White Columns, New York, and Real Art Ways, Hartford. Upcoming solo exhibitions in 2008 will be held at Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, and Smith-Stewart Gallery, New York. This winter her work will be on view at Franco Soffiantino Arte Contemporanea, Turin Italy. Selected group exhibitions include Environments and Empires, Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham (2008); Reckless Behavior, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2006); and Greater New York 2005, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center/MOMA, Long Island City.
Gilmore was recently awarded the Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, Italy (2007).
This exhibition is organized by Whitney Lauder Curatorial Fellow Stamatina Gregory, and is accompanied by a brochure publication.
Installation views at ICA. Photos by Aaron Igler. > click to enlarge
Related Public Programs:
Exhibition Walkthrough: ICA Members-Only
thurs sept 4 @ 5pm
With artist Kate Gilmore and Whitney Lauder Curatorial Fellow Stamatina Gregory.
Whenever Wednesday: Lecture: Kate Gilmore
wed sep 24 @ 7pm
The young video artist and sculptor, recently returned from the American Academy in Rome, will discuss her ICA installation, built of locally available materials, as well as her earlier work, which pushes the boundaries of both canonical and recent feminist art and performance.
First Sunday Tour
sun dec 7 @ 1pm
Ruth Erickson looks into Kate Gilmore’s protagonists’ all-too-physical struggle for acceptance.
Last day to see the show!
Images, top to bottom: Kate Gilmore, Every Girl Loves Pink (still), 2006, video. Courtesy of the artist and Smith-Stewart, New York...Kate Gilmore, Double Dutch (still), 2004, video. Courtesy of the artist and Smith-Stewart, New York.