Kim Abeles

  • Presidential Commemorative Smog Plates 1992 Particulate matter (smog) on porcelain plates; portraits of U.S. presidents with their quotes about pollution and industry; the plates were left out longer depending on their environmental records 10.5” x 10.5”
  • Dinner for Two in One Month of Smog 2011 Smog (particulate matter) on porcelain dinnerware and linen 38" x 49" x 28" Installation at Museum of Arts and Design, New York
  • Paper Person 2010 Sculpture made from paper trash that was generated by visitors to California Science Center (CSC) on Earth Day 2009 5' x 40' x 48' Collection of the California Science Center, Los Angeles
  • Cabinet of Wondering 2014 Constructed wall with videos and cases of specimens embedded flush to the photographic paper 10’ x 8’ x 2’ Commissioned by the Harn Museum of Art and funded in part by the Center for Cultural Innovation
  • Waiting/Watching 2012 Video monitors and photographs embedded in mural-size images of lichens 8' x 16' Presented by Ecoarts Connections and the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
  • Shared Skies and 60 Days of Los Angeles Sky Patch (View to the East) 2012-14; 1993 Shared Skies is a large series and shown here are digital prints of skies collected from individuals globally (each photographer is credited and the locations are identified); Printed by Sundog Multiples, University of North Dakota Sky Patch replicated the sky color for 60 days as acrylics on paper Size variable Installation view at the Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA
  • Shared Skies (13 Global Skies) NCAR 2014 22" x17" Archival digital print; Sundog Multiples at the University of North Dakota Shared Skies (13 Global Skies) NCAR is part of a 2012-14 series of archival ultrachrome prints printed by Sun Dog Multiples. These are global skies identified by the locations and photographers. For the NCAR print, all the photographers are scientists and technical staff working at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. As for all the prints in the series, each participant receives a print containing their sky and twelve more.
  • Leaf Lounge (All the World's Leaves) III 2011 450 fabric leaves made five times their normal size, embroidered with the names of the trees and locations globally; video; sound; dried lavender in pillows for scent 8' x 12' x 12' Location at the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA Versions of this piece were created for the Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati (2000-2), and Songzhuang, China (2007).
  • Walk a mile in my shoes 2014 Two repurposed traffic islands on Rodeo Rd and Martin Luther King Blvd/Rodeo Rd and Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles Photographic tiles showing Images of shoes belonging to Civil Rights marchers and colleagues of Dr. King from the collection of Xernona Clayton in Atlanta. Site 2 is shoes the shoes of activists local to Los Angeles; handmade pavers, mixed media elements, poetry by Beverly LaFontaine, and drought-resistant plants complete the artwork. 700 square feet, and 20,000 square feet for site 2 Permanent public art commissioned by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs and Department of Public Works
  • Walk a mile in my shoes 2014 Two repurposed traffic islands on Rodeo Rd and Martin Luther King Blvd/Rodeo Rd and Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles Photographic tiles showing Images of shoes belonging to Civil Rights marchers and colleagues of Dr. King from the collection of Xernona Clayton in Atlanta. Site 2 is shoes the shoes of activists local to Los Angeles; handmade pavers, mixed media elements, poetry by Beverly LaFontaine, and drought-resistant plants complete the artwork. 700 square feet, and 20,000 square feet for site 2 Permanent public art commissioned by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs and Department of Public Works

Kim Abeles’ art crosses disciplines and media to explore biography, geography and environment. She has created projects with the California Science Center, air pollution control agencies, health clinics and mental health departments, and natural history museums. Abeles received the 2013 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and her documents are archived at the Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art.

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    • Los Angeles CA 90041
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