Kate Gilmore’s performance-based videos depict the artist working through a series of self-imposed challenges. Her tragicomic situations suggest the futility of personal and cultural ritual as they bring to the foreground issues of feminine identity and fear of success.
While occasionally humorous, Gilmore’s performances have a more serious subtext: the daunting, often self-subverting obstacles that many women face. Subjecting herself to precarious situations while wearing clothing incongruous with her circumstances, Gilmore persistently and methodically labors onward, sometimes negotiating her own sculptural tableaus as she encounters life’s many perils in heels, dresses, and makeup.
Kate Gilmore lives and works in New York, NY. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, in 2002. Upcoming 2008 solo exhibitions will be held at Maisterravalbuena Galeria, Madrid, Spain; Smith-Stewart Gallery, New York, NY; and Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. She has had a range of solo exhibitions at venues such as White Columns, New York, NY (2004); and Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT (2005). Her work was included in a two-person exhibition at Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH (2006). Selected group exhibitions include Environments and Empires, Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (2008); Reckless Behavior, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2006); and Greater New York 2005, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center/MOMA, Long Island City, NY. Gilmore was recently awarded the Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, Italy (2007).