by Brian Goslow
While her work has recently been installed at the Huntenkunst International Art Fair in the Netherlands and Bayfront Nogucci Park at the Miami International Art Fair, you only have to make your way to the Object Center, 460-B Harrison Ave., Boston, Mass., to see Kim Radochia’s current exhibition, “Less,” which runs through May 29.
Last month, in preparing a “Capsule Preview” on the show for the May/June 2016 issue of artscope, managing editor Brian Goslow exchanged a series of question with Radochia on the creation of “Less” and the reaction so far.
YOUR PRESS RELEASE FOR THE EXHIBITION STATED THAT YOUR GOAL FOR THE SHOW IS TO “TO INTERSECT THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN DRAWING AND SCULPTURE.” HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT DOING THAT — AND WHY?
Since drawing is often my first step to prepare for making sculpture I often see the quality of a line or a mark as sculpture in and of itself. As a result my three dimensional work has the texture and movement of drawings often feeling very light and ethereal in a space. The repetition of the drawn line is very important in all of the work I create largely having its roots in repetitive patterns in nature and the patterns of history, culture, and domesticity. The reason the intersection is so often explored in my work is my interest in connecting all things, human and elemental. I am a balancer and a broad thinker. Not liking labels, I choose not to reside emphatically in defined artistic mediums.
YOU’VE ASKED VISITORS TO YOUR EXHIBITION TO PARTICIPATE BY CHOOSING A PULP ROCK AND OPENING THE TWO HALVES OF THE OBJECT TO REVEAL THE INSIDE HOLLOWS OF THE CASTING AND THEN WRITE ON ONE INSIDE HOLLOW OF THE ROCK THE NAME OF A WOMAN THAT THEY ADMIRE AND ON THE OTHER AN ADJECTIVE TO DESCRIBE THAT WOMAN AND THEN PLACE IT IN A SECOND LOCATION IN THE GALLERY. WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT EXCHANGE FOR YOU?
It’s important to me to have people commemorate women because I want people to really think about that one ‘word’ to describe a woman. It’s very difficult to pick just one word without it sounding stereotypical or trite. I want people to think carefully about labeling and how we communicate about our strong women. This is one piece in a series of artworks I call “In Search of the Lost Feminine” to help create new story for women, their beauty, their grace, their intelligence, and their toughness.
WHAT HAS THE RESPONSE TO THE SHOW BEEN?
The response has been overwhelmingly great for the participatory piece at the Object Center. The piece was introduced about a year ago in an exhibit in the Netherlands. Surprisingly, the Dutch were very shy about participating and many of the men thought that they could not participate…that it was exclusively for women. So far in this show the majority of people that have participated are younger people. I think that the younger generation has no qualms about sharing and participating perhaps because of their exposure to sharing through social media. It was really nice to see young man commemorating his Grandmother when he was standing right next to his female partner. Also, it’s interesting to see how people write the words. Some take great care writing and placing the rocks up onto the wall. It becomes ritualistic when their intentions are brought to the process.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT HTTP://KIMRADOCHIA.COM.