K8 Hardy: Undergirding Heroine Ensemble
Tivoli, New York
May 12–24, 2017
Curated by: Julie Niemi & Lola Kramer
K8 HARDY: UNDERGIRDING HEROINE ENSEMBLE draws upon semiotics of style, mall culture, consumerism, and the influence of art-historical narratives in contemporary art. Central to this exhibition is Look 11 a multi-coloured mannequin wearing an outfit from Hardy’s Untitled Runway Show, a performance originally presented at the Met Breuer during the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Presented in situ at the barn, Hardy’s work transforms the space into a contemporary tableau of the symbolic art-historical à Judith Slaying Holofernes, or Salome – where Marvel-superhuman-meets-cowgirl and dinner’s nearly ready. There’s a little blood on her shoulder, but no big deal... If looks could kill, this one’s in the bag.
a version of the accompanying zine.
Installation images by Jonathan Pivovar, 2017.