Kate Gilmore (American, b. 1975)

New York–based artist Kate Gilmore creates installations from materials such as plywood, drywall, and cardboard, and then films herself as she interacts with and attempts to overcome these self-imposed obstacles. Exhibiting defiant resolve, Gilmore confronts these manufactured challenges and tests the physical limitations of the human body in relation to varying environments.

For her 2006 work Main Squeeze, Gilmore undertook the arduous and absurd task of forcing her body through a tight, rectangular cardboard and plywood tunnel. Roughly corresponding to the area of the camera frame, the box that she navigates comes to embody not only the rigid border dividing seen from unseen, but also the confines of gender construction and metaphorical limits of artistic expression. In Standing Here (2010), Gilmore’s obstacle is a tall, hollow column made of sheet-rock that she enters and climbs by kicking and punching holes into its walls.

For Framed, Gilmore created a new work that was filmed in this gallery. Titled Break of Day, this new project encompasses a built structure and a video that documents Gilmore’s interaction with the installation. She hand-crafted a series of clay vessels for this work, which she filled with bright pink paint, carried up the structure’s steep steps, and dropped down a hole in its center.

Artwork in the Exhibition

Kate Gilmore, American, b. 1975, Break of Day, 2010, plywood, paint, clay vessels, performance, single channel video on DVD (color, sound), Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Kate Gilmore, American, b. 1975, Main Squeeze, 2006, single channel video on DVD (color, sound), 4:59, Courtesy of the artist.

Additional work in the exhibition:

Kate Gilmore, American, b. 1975, Standing Here, 2010, single channel video on DVD (color, sound). Courtesy of the artist.