The artist Paisley Kang is interested in the messier, baser functions of the human body. According to Paisley, "bleeding, shedding, scabs falling off, ejaculation, sweating ... everything that's a byproduct of human life" are all fair game when it comes to her her artwork. In her new solo show, appropriately titled Baser Functions, Paisley explores the ways that power relationships, sexual desires and memories reveal themselves through our bodies less than glamourous parts and functions.
Along with more traditional oil paintings, Paisley's show also includes installations made from a range of less than traditional materials. There's a wall piece made from the clothing of an ex-lover, semen displayed in petri-dishes below a painting, and even an installation that incorporates sixty-dozen live leeches.
Last week, I met up with Paisley at Associated Gallery in Bushwick where Baser Functions is on view. We talked about her interest in bodily fluids, her painting style, and the relationship between visual art and music.