Harmony Korine, UOU, 2023 © Harmony Korine. Photo: Julian Cousins

In Conversation: Harmony Korine and Catherine Taft

  • Sat 16 September 2023
  • 1 – 2 pm

In celebration of the opening weekend of ‘Harmony Korine. AGGRESSIVE DR1FTER,’ the artist’s debut solo exhibition with Hauser & Wirth, please join us for a conversation between artist and filmmaker Harmony Korine and LAXART Deputy Director and Curator, Catherine Taft.

‘Harmony Korine. AGGRESSIVE DR1FTER’ will present a new series of acid-hued paintings drawn from the artist’s forthcoming film ‘Aggro Dr1ft’ to be released in fall 2023. This unprecedented fusion of Korine’s painting and filmic practices expands the irreverent polymath’s exploration of the aesthetics of gaming.

This event is free, however, reservations are required. Click here to register.

About Harmony Korine
Over the last thirty years, Harmony Korine has cultivated a multidisciplinary art practice that resists categorization and is admired internationally for the improvisation, humor, repetition, nostalgia and poetry that unite the disparate aspects of his output. His practice is built upon tireless experimentation and a trial-and-error path, producing what Korine calls ‘Mistakist Art.’ Korine’s oeuvre is both deliberate and erratic, figurative and abstract, and, like his films, blurs boundaries between ‘high’ and ‘low’ in ways that simultaneously attract and repel viewers with its hypnotic, otherworldly atmosphere.

One of the most influential and innovative filmmakers of his generation, Korine first rose to prominence after writing the script for the film ‘Kids’ (1995), directed by Larry Clark. Everything he has made since has been guided by memory, emotion, and physical sensation as opposed to strategy and rational thought. Of his art, he has said, ‘I’m chasing something that is more of a feeling, something more inexplicable, a connection to colors and dirt and character, something looping and trancelike, more like a drug experience or a hallucination.’

About Catherine Taft
Catherine Taft is Deputy Director and Curator at LAXART. Previously, she was Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she co-organized the inaugural show of its new building, ‘America is Hard to See’ (2015) and Curatorial Associate in the department of architecture and contemporary art at the Getty Research Institute where she worked on the exhibitions and publications, ‘Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970’ (2011) and ‘California Video’(2008). Her writing appears regularly in Artforum, among other publications, and she has contributed to monographs on artists including Matthew Barney, Carroll Dunham, Elliot Hundley, Yayoi Kusama, and Sterling Ruby. Taft is currently working on a survey of ecofeminist art (Fall 2024) for which she was awarded an Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Research Fellowship. She is a 2021 Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow and serves as visiting faculty at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.

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