Art Uncovered - Baser Functions

Premiere DateMay 7, 2013
00:00 Baser Functions Intro
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01:37 Baser Functions pt. 1
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03:30 Bob the Bob Lounge Lizards
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05:29 Baser Functions pt. 2
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08:51 The Weight of a Rock Marnie Stern
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11:20 Baser Functions pt. 3
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14:19 A Folk Study Laurie Spiegel
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16:23 Baser Functions pt. 4
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18:02 Read a Book Pylon
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19:59 Baser Functions pt. 5
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25:00 On Parade  Electrelane
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27:31 Baser Functions pt. 6
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30:24 Regicide Matmos
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33:08 Baser Functions pt. 7
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38:45 Luke Vibert Thurston Moore
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42:18 Finish
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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.

Host Thomas
Thomas grew up in Northern California where he fell in love with music and photography while going to punk shows and shooting skate photos. He photography in college, which may or may not qualify him to host an…

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