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Kim Gordon’s Bizarre New Music Video Was Directed by Loretta Fahrenholz

Still from Loretta Fahrenholz's video for Kim Gordon's song 'Sketch Artist.'

Still from Loretta Fahrenholz’s video for Kim Gordon’s song “Sketch Artist.”

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It’s summer in New York, which means most galleries are closed until September. Some have taken a more extended vacation, and one of my favorite spaces in the city, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, hasn’t had a show since mid-June, when it was showing a high-tech Alex Israel hologram in which the artist plays the saxophone in sunglasses and blue jeans. The gallery won’t be open again until mid-September, when it will have on view a new Juliana Huxtable show. I’ve missed it dearly.

But thankfully, my Reena Spaulings wants were satiated on Monday, when two artists who show with the gallery produced a new music video together. Those two artists are Kim Gordon (who’s also represented in New York by 303 Gallery) and Loretta Fahrenholz, and together they have produced a visual companion to Gordon’s new song, “Sketch Artist,” which appears on an upcoming album called No Home Record.

In the video, Gordon, who was previously a member of the essential band Sonic Youth, stars as an Uber driver—or something like it (here, the app is called Unter)—who wears glittery, Euphoria-style makeup. Abbi Jacobson, of Broad City fame, gets in Gordon’s car with a child, and suddenly Gordon is causing people to have seizures as she drives by them.

Fahrenholz fans will recall that all the strange, painful-looking dancing that ensues actually has a precedent within her filmography. The Berlin-based artist’s terrific video Ditch Plains (2013), which was shown in the 2015 edition of MoMA PS1’s Greater New York quinquennial, featured a group of dancers contorting themselves in dark, semi-abandoned spaces.

The artist’s video for Gordon is embedded below. Meanwhile, Gordon’s Andy Warhol Museum survey in Pittsburgh is in its final days.

 

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