Kaari Upson, Split Eye, 2012–17 (still). HD video, color, sound. © Kaari Upson. Courtesy the artist, Massimo De Carlo, and Sprüth Magers. Photo: Marten Elder
Join us for a special conversation between artist Kaari Upson and Margot Norton, Associate Curator, on the occasion of the exhibition “Kaari Upson: Good thing you are not alone,” the first New York presentation of work by the Los Angeles–based artist. The two will discuss Upson’s work, which tracks open-ended, circuitous narratives that weave elements of fantasy, physical and psychological trauma, and the often-fraught pursuit of an American ideal. Norton and Upson will take cues from the artist’s New Museum exhibition, which debuts a new series of works centering around a family living in a tract house in Las Vegas. The series explores an environment characterized by its architectural mirroring, yet haunted by the psychological tensions inherent in striving toward an imaginary perfect double.
Kaari Upson was born in 1972 in San Bernardino, California, and lives and works in Los Angeles. Her works have recently been included in the group exhibitions “Adhesive Products,” Bergen Kunsthall (2016); “The Los Angeles Project,” Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2016); “Sleepless: The Bed in History and Contemporary Art,” 21er Haus, Vienna (2015); “No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection,” Miami (2015); “Test Pattern,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2013); and “The Residue of Memory,” Aspen Art Museum (2012).