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Video Interview: Kim Abeles: Seeks the Truth within our Global Landscape

For thirty years artist Kim Abeles has work to raise social consciousness through her art. Her boundless appetite seeks new and inspired connections among art, science, and technology. Here she finds awkward truths within the American landscape: flaws in contemporary mores, the struggles between our needs and the needs of the environment in urban L.A., in America and across the globe.

She brings to bear extensive empirical research, informed feministic views and ethnographic sensibilities. Her use of different materials and of complex technical processes entailed in her creations to achieve works thick with content and shaped by deep curiosity.

Common subjects and concerns are re-shaped and re-created into inspired art. She states: “I will figure out a process to do a piece if that process or material seems just the right thing for that. There is a language in the materials and this is part of how the dialogue proceeds, a dialogue between material and me and the final created piece.” Abeles’s early background in craft-making, in biography, and in the  translation complex thought to Dada-inspired image has earned her respect and an international reputation.

Her work form part of great collection, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the United States Information Agency, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her work is archived in the library collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt Publication Design Collection of the Smithsonian. She has been shown throughout the United States and in galleries and museums in Canada, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, and Czechoslovakia. She represented the United States in both  /Fotografie Biennale Rotterdam/ (1992) and/ Cultural Centre of Berchem,/ Antwerp (1993).

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Special thanks to Los Angles-based guitarist/singer/songwriter Stephen Costantino for the use of his song “Silent Heart” in our video introduction. His personal experience through words and music always inspires him "to keep learning more about himself and to create songs to share with others.”

You can contact the filmmaker, Veronica Aberham at





Posted by Veronica Aberham on 8/31/09

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