Josephine Taylor & Kate Gilmore

Event has passed (Sat Nov 22, 2008 - Sat Jan 3, 2009)
Catharine Clark Gallery
11am - 5:30pm
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Josephine Taylor: Bomb Landscape
Josephine Taylor is a San Francisco artist who makes narrative, large-scale drawings. Raised in Denver, Colorado, Josephine received a BA in Religious Studies and East Indian Translation Languages from the University of Colorado, and later an MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has shown extensively at galleries in San Francisco, including the Catharine Clark Gallery, New Langton Arts, and Gen Art SF's annual Emerge exhibition, and was the recipient of the 2003 Ella King Torrey award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. In 2004 shw was awarded a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, California, and the SFMOMA SECA Award. Josephine's work is included in esteemed public and private collections, including the Achenbach Collection at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco.

Videos by Kate Gilmore
In her video performances, Kate Gilmore creates uncomfortable situations for herself and the viewer. These are real predicaments—sometimes painful and even potentially dangerous—but ones that she has created for herself. Gilmore’s video works force you to squirm in a strange empathetic reaction to her predicaments. Included in this exhibition will be two new works: “Main Squeeze” and “Anything....” “Main Squeeze” is a two-channel video, showing the artist both coming and going as she attempts to pull herself through an ever-smaller tunnel. Her feminine, turquoise satin top becomes caught on screws and she appears to suffer bouts of claustrophobia before she finally reaches the end of the tunnel. In “Anything...” Gilmore sets up a particularly resonant scenario for the viewer. Filmed from above, she appears to reach toward you, attempting to reach ever higher, as she builds a precarious assemblage of tables, chairs, and stools, strung together with a delicate pink twine, upon which to climb. “Her carefully constructed performances belie the impression of futility and hopelessness one might take away from her work. Rather, her meticulous control of both sets and costumes hints at the elaborate farce the artist is trying to create in her humorous video performances.” (Katharine C. Ebner, 2005)

Kate Gilmore’s work has been exhibited at PS1 “Greater New York 2005,” The J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Haifa Museum of Art, and is currently on view in a two-person exhibition at the CAC, Cincinnati and in a group show at Mary Boone Gallery, curated by Amy Smith-Stewart.


  1. Catharine Clark Gallery
    248 Utah Street, San Francisco, CA