KATE GILMORE "GIRL FIGHT" 31 January - 20 April 2008 at Artpace San Antonio, Texas www.artpace.org
The laboratory Artpace (founded 1995) for the creation and advancement of international contemporary art believes that art is a dynamic social force that inspires individuals and defines cultures.
The first solo museum exhibition of Kate Gilmore's work (born 1975 in Washington D.C., living in New York) presents nearly a dozen performance based videos where the artist portrays in tragicomic situations the difficulty to control uncontrollable and absurd situations. The artist plays the leading role in her videos and subjects herself to precarious situations while wearing clothing incongruous with her circumstances.
Short bio: Kate Gilmore received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, in 2002. She is a 2007-2008 Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. Her work was exhibited by galleries and in group exhibitions im museums through the US.
fig.: Kate Gilmore "Baby, Belong to Me" 2006/07,
single channel video,
3 min. 16 sec. Courtesy of the artist. A girl (Gilmore) struggles to get her foot dressed in a red flat out of a rope. In the background you can see bleeding hearts. The music of the video comes from the 1980 musical Fame. With this work the artist portrays the conflict between the longing for personal success and the need to give attention to love and relationships. Check out the trailer of the Musical Fame www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iFRt1ae5mc