Inside New Release, painting by B. Thom Stevenson, photograph by Erin Goldberger
Thursday night came with a change of scenery, on the clean streets in Chelsea and white walls of 303 Gallery. We'd come to check out Design Office: The City is a Garden, Kim Gordon's new solo show at the space. Gordon was in attendance and she spoke of her sculptures and paintings that commented on the beautification of New York City. Fake plastic hedges were placed among crumpled canvases, each with the names of high rises or building developments scrawled across them in Gordon's signature dripping black text. "I don't live in New York any more so I have fresh eyes" Gordon remarked, seemingly unenthused to be talking about her art in front of so many people who just wanted to ask her about her music. "I keep seeing all this greenery and with it, these giant co-op buildings. It's nice, but at the same time it creates an environment for people who aren't actually living in NYC.... It's inviting consumerism. And art is part of that process."
Kim Gordon, Design Office: The City Is A Garden, Installation view, 303 Gallery, 2015