Here’s something that might blow your mind, unless it totally doesn’t. Kim Gordon, she of legendary band Sonic Youth, went to L.A’s Otis School of Art and Design in the 70s and never stopped making art or showing galleries across the U.S., Japan, and Europe. All that while she was Sonic Youth’s guitarist and vocalist for decades, alongside Thurston Moore, and collaborated with the like of Yoko Ono, Raymond Pettibon, and Courtney Love. Oh, and she’s set to appear on an upcoming episode of Girls.
Her first solo exhibition — presented under nom de arte, Design Office — took place in 1981 at White Columns gallery, which is exactly where a new exhibition is being staged. A 33-year retrospective, and the first survey of her art, “Design Office with Kim Gordon – Since 1980” includes photographs, writings, videos, paintings, sculptures she produced between 1980 and 2013.
Key video works include Making The Nature Scene (1983), shot in New York’s Danceteria club; the X-Girl Movie (1995), a promotional film for Gordon’s and Daisy Von Furth’s clothing line, shot by Phil Morrison in the style of French Nouvelle Vague; a series of paintings depicting the names of contemporary galleries and gallerists (Larry Gagosian, Barbara Gladstone); and Twitter Paintings, sourced from tweets from the producers of Girls, including Lena Dunham.
Design Office with Kim Gordon – since 1980, through October 19, 2013, White Columns, 320 West 13th Street, NYC