Magazine article Artforum International

Kori Newkirk

Magazine article Artforum International

Kori Newkirk

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The work of Los Angeles--based artist Kori Newkirk can be seen in solo shows at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (through mid-February) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (opening February 27).

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1 SKID ROW ADJACENT I've inhabited the same old-school live/work space in downtown LA since 1997. The neighborhood feels like a real city: grandmotherly prostitutes, bustling drug trade, supersize homeless population, and long-forgotten beautiful buildings--all right in the shadow of cultural landmarks like the new Walt Disney Concert Hall and MOCA. Lately things are changing. Classic "artist lofts" are popping up all over the place, offering such traditional artist trappings as satellite TV, high-speed Internet connections, rooftop pools, and exposed brick! All priced way above and beyond the wallets of most artists I know. What a feeling to know that while what I do is of no great importance to the general population, how I live is. Kind of nice to be so invisible and so desired at the same time.

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2 DEMETER FRAGRANCES Sometimes smelling good is important to me. Demeter Fragrance Library--known for its "cutting edge" scents ranging from the normal, like Rose, to the more interesting Crust of Bread, Funeral Home, and Riding Crop--has come to my rescue more than once. My lifestyle choice has been addressed as well. I'm stocked up on Turpentine and Saw Dust, so now I can not only look like an artist but smell like one, too.

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3 CHANTAL AKERMAN I don't see a lot of films, and when I do, I always feel there are better ways to spend time in a dark room. But I'm really looking forward to the upcoming Chantal Akerman retrospective put on by REDCAT and the UCLA Film and Television Archive next month. Her From the Other Side (2002), shown at Documenta 11, had me captivated as soon as I walked into the room.

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4 "RUNNING (DYING TO LIVE)" Forget about milk shakes (sorry, Kelis) and such nonsense, this single from the Tupac: Resurrection sound track, which brings together my East Coast foundations with my West Coast adopted home, has me groovin'. A stroke of genius by the producer (Eminem) to bring two holy ghosts (Tupac and Notorious B.I.G.) together on one track. With the sped-up sample of "Dying to Live" by Edgar Winters (representing the father), Em steps up as the son in this almost (un)holy lineup.

5 SCULPTURE OF THE PEOPLE I don't always like the idea of People, but I sometimes like what they can do. …

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