Q: Tell us about your practice

A: I work with sound, sculpture, performance, and architecture. Mostly, I create multi-channel sound installations. I currently live and work in Los Angeles.


Q: 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?

A: 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.


Q: 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?

A: 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.


Q: What has been inspiring you lately?

A: 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.


”Kiyomi Gork's site-sensitive installations can be literal earworms, as in the fragmented tunes that played in her first show in Hong Kong, "Catchy," or can present more ambiguous environments, as seen in "Olistostrome". I was struck by the thick, indelible texture of sound—rising from the arrangement of dry riverbed pebbles, wool sculptures, and a complex feedback system—that followed me, even long after I left the exhibition space.”



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