Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork

Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork (lives and works in Los Angeles, CA) studied sound art, photography and new genres at the San Francisco Art Institute and researched the history of communication technologies, acoustics and computer music at Stanford University where she received an MFA. Kiyomi Gork has exhibited at Empty Gallery in Hong Kong, SFMOMA, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and many others.
October 26, 2021
Tell us about your practice.
I work with sound, sculpture, performance, and architecture. Mostly, I create multi-channel sound installations. I currently live and work in Los Angeles.
Your works are very considerate of the audience’s perspectives in relation to your work – can you tell us a little bit about how you think about this relationship when approaching a new work?
I create work from the perspective of a listener. I am always thinking about the experience of a space or a place or a sound.
The sculptural elements in your current show at Empty Gallery, Olistostrome, really take your felt work to a new level. What was your approach towards the sculptural elements in this show?
During a residency in Germany, I noticed the prevalence of Greco-Roman sculptures in many institutions and public spaces. This reminded me of the history of acoustics and how figurative sculptures can diffuse sound, to manipulate the auditory experience for visitors. The sculptures in Olistostrome are created in tandem with the sound installation, designed to be a complex surface area to diffuse and absorb sound.
What has been inspiring you lately?
I’ve been going to outdoor concerts and last week I went to see the organ performances with the LA Philharmonic. It was amazing to listen to acoustic instruments again.
What’s next for you?
My solo exhibition with François Ghebaly will open in Spring 2022.

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