Kim Schoen

Kim Schoen in her Chinatown studio, Los Angeles

Kim Schoen’s work in photography, video installation, and text experiments with the rhetoric of display. She takes existing representations—ones intended to persuade and convince—as her starting point, and through the process of making reframes how the objects and language we take for granted may affect us. In Schoen’s work, the blank repetition of consumer culture often collides with literary influences, exploring the malleability of speech, its translation into texts and images and back again.

Current and recent exhibitions include Hawaii (Moskowitz Bayse, Los Angeles (solo)) Ours Is A City of Writers (Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles), Have You Never Let Someone Else Be Strong, (MMoCA, (solo), duh? Art & Stupidity (Focal Point Gallery, UK), Komma (Kunstverein Springhornhof, DE), Objective Considerations of Contemporary Phenomena (MOTInternational Projects, London), Stupidious (South London Gallery, London), and Unsparing Quality (Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles). Kim has also curated international symposia on photography and repetition such as Remembering Forward at LAXART in Los Angeles, and Returning to Berlin at Motto Books in Berlin.

Kim Schoen’s work is included in private and public collections, including LACMA, and has been written about in the Los Angeles Times, ArtForum, and Art in America. She has published her own writing on repetition and photography (“The Serial Attitude Redux”, “The Expansion of the Instant: Photography, Anxiety and Infinity”) in X-TRA Quarterly for Contemporary Art and her most recent photographic essay appeared in Issue VII of E.R.O.S. Press, London. Kim is also the co-founder, co-publisher and co-editor of MATERIAL, a journal of writing by artists. She received her MFA from CalArts in 2003 and a Masters in Philosophy from The Royal College of Art in London in 2008. She lives and works in Berlin and Los Angeles.

See more on MATERIAL here.

The books she mentioned in the interview are, Between Past and Future and The Logic of Sense.

Kim Schoen, HTCYTYU (How Tightly Can You Tie Yourself Up), Light-jet print, 2016, © Kim Schoen, courtesy of the artist

Kim Schoen, HTIYRTTSDIGTH (Hoping That If You Replace The Trap Something Different Is Going To Happen), Light-Jet print, 2009, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by LENS: Photography Council, 2016, © Kim Schoen, courtesy of the artist

Is It The Opera Or Is It Something Political? from Kim Schoen on Vimeo.