The performances, installation, and video art of Kate Gilmore are often understood within feminist ideologies. In her physically demanding work, the artist casts herself as the lead protagonist to addresses female identity that is further expanded upon through her careful selection of dress, allusions to physical pain or ridicule often through sound, and the use of props such as hammers, axes, and ropes. The resulting work often functions as a cultural or social commentary, the methods of which recall those utilized by earlier avant-garde Fluxus artists and Dadaism of the early twentieth-century. Gilmore's work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the 2010 Whitney Biennial, and MoMA/PS1 Contemporary Arts Center, among others.
Photo by Joe Fig