So uh Mike Kelley & Jeff Koons Walk into a Bar…
So uh Mike Kelley and Jeff Koons Walk into a Bar… is a playful, super-saturated series of clashing sock ‘flowers’ and one of five pieces comprising Dirty, a body of work inspired by the artist’s frustration with picking up other people’s used socks. Each piece in Dirty proposes an imperfect and contradictory tactic for imagining meaning into the taken-for-granted monotony of undesirable chore work. So uh… suggests the shiny seduction to demonstrate one’s alignment with domestic commercial pap (‘successful housekeeping’), as well as the inevitable failure to keep up with conflicting gendered societal dictates.
Tkaronto artist Kim Stanford works with common, often domestic objects to construct installations and sculptural assemblages. Her work explores the shifting tangle of ‘authentic’ identity and mundane life, illuminating and troubling the seeming insignificance of everyday practices and experiences. Her works are often absurd, both beautiful and disturbing. Stanford studied visual art at The Toronto School of Art (TSA) and OCADU, as well as critical social theory in her graduate degree at the University of Toronto. She is the recipient of a Toronto Arts Council Emerging Artist grant, and is represented in Tkaronto by Loop Gallery. Please visit www.kimstanford.com.