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Laurie Kang
Artist

Toronto
January 15, 2015

Laurie Kang works in image-based sculpture and installation. Her solo exhibition Deferring Diffractions opens this Sunday, January 18 at 8-11 as part of Villa Toronto. Her recent exhibition and project sites include the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Metropole, Erin Stump Projects, Soi Fischer, Gallery 295 in Vancouver, Camera Austria, Feldbuschwiesner in Berlin, and a book publication and launch with Mossless at The New York Art Book Fair. Her collaborative exhibition with Nadia Belerique and Lili Huston-Herterich opens at The Power Plant this June. She is currently an MFA candidate at Bard College.

1. Bums Trading Zone


Cover photo for Bums Trading Zone Facebook group


Bums Trading Zone is a Facebook group started by Emily Frances of Chosen Vintage. The name says it all: bums trading things, no money allowed. It recently became a secret group due to overwhelming membership. No way you're getting something posted “two mins ago.” It’s just now or nothing. I've purged kitchen tools, forgotten miscellany, and studio detritus. Recent acquisition: a dozen OPI nail polishes for a jar of duck fat. It's one very good reason I won't quit Facebook. Ultimately, my goal is to have all my at-home consumption of red wine and gin in 2015 provided for directly via Bums, and so far so good.

2. ASMR


Screenshot of ASMR video Binaural Effects for Book Sounds Lovers by GentleWhispering

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or what I grew up calling “that feeling” with my sister Hanna whenever we experienced it. Affective waves of fuzz licking your brain. A way to completely zen out. Nothing beats real-life ASMR triggers, but I still binge on videos at least twice a week. Bridget Moser was all over this in her Hit List, and summed it up well. GentleWhispering aka Maria is also one of my tops, but here’s a quick shout out to Pigsbum53, Springbok, and Asmrrequests.

3. Nadia Belerique & Lili Huston-Herterich


Self-portrait in Waterfall Hell (circa preteen period) by Lili Huston-Herterich


Photo of Fixed Brokenness by Nadia Belerique

Nadia Belerique, Lili Huston-Herterich, and I are working on a collaborative show curated by Julia Paoli at The Power Plant for summer 2015. Because of this, much of my time has been spent with these two congealing ideas and things. I'm obsessed with these “works” of theirs. Lili's Self-portrait in Waterfall Hell dates back to 2000 and it's a complete outsider masterpiece; I tried to convince her to give it to me, but she's saving it for the retrospective. Nadia sent this photo to Lili and I via text a few weeks ago, and in true Nadia form it's totally beautiful and disgusting wtf-ery at once. The three of us are about to share a studio in which to make work collaboratively, and I can't wait for glass shards x waterfall doom. There will actually be none of this in the show.

4. Karen Barad


Double slit experiment diagram (source: ScienceRay)

Quantum physics from a feminist perspective. How matter and mattering matters. Embodied theory with poetry in its veins. Barad emphasizes accountability so the ideas don't all just float away to the philosophy cloud (of mostly men). I'm currently reading her book Meeting the Universe Halfway, and it’s very exciting. A good shorter essay is Nature's Queer Performativity. Expect lightning, dinoflagellates, and queer atoms!

5. Making my way downtown



This video. Some catharsis to balance out life's complexities and malaises. Channelled often. (Thanks to Casey Mecija for the hot tip.)

 

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