Kori Newkirk repurposes everyday objects and materials, many of which have lost their value due to technological advancements. Reflecting on the human condition and our connection with the stuff that we amass from household blinds to pony beads, compact discs, and bicycle wheels, Newkirk re-animates these real-world things into whimsical, seemingly effortless, objects of beauty. With Signal (2019), the artist transforms the (formerly) ubiquitous rooftop television antennae into tangled nests of stacked and bent rods and masts. Accumulating colorful detritus along the way, the sculptures mimic the appearance of the common tumbleweed blowing across a deserted Western landscape, now urbanized.
Kori Newkirk (b. 1970, The Bronx, NY) lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions have been presented at Roberts Projects, Los Angeles (2016); The Project, New York (2009, 2006); The Studio Museum in Harlem (2008); LA><ART, Los Angeles (2008); MC, Los Angeles (2006), the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2005); and Locust Projects, Miami, Florida (2005). Group exhibitions include Blues for Smoke, MOCA, Los Angeles (2013), Meet Me Inside, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles (2010), Selections from the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago (2010), the 2006 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; DAK'ART: 7th Dakar Biennial, Dakar, Senegal (2006), Uncertain States of America, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway (2005-2006), the 2004 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California; and Freestyle, The Studio Museum of Harlem (2001).
Commissioned by Frieze Projects