22.3.11

Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles

I did an interview with Overduin and Kite a while ago. It wasn't published, but here it is. I'm really looking forward to going to LA one of these days to meet them and see their space. Our exchange left me intrigued and curious.


Top: Installation view, Nick Relph solo show at Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles, 2010. Above: Lisa Overduin, Merlin Carpenter and Kristina Kite at the opening of Carpenter's show at Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club, Miami, 2010 (Courtesy of Overduin and Kite) 
Cultivating a certain mystery, in keeping with many of their artists, Lisa Overduin and Kristina Kite have established themselves as one of the most noteworthy galleries in LA right now. They opened their Sunset Boulevard space, two contiguous converted storefronts off the beaten 10-stop-gallery track, in 2007: “We both studied at Berkeley and lived in San Francisco for a while. When we met through mutual friends in LA, we knew almost immediately we wanted to open a gallery together.” Their keen instinct and daring vision was evident from their very first move: a solo show by avant-garde film-maker and artist Tony Conrad. As inspirations, they cite unconventional models – Gordon Matta-Clark's 70s Soho restaurant, Food, and Barney Rosset of Grove Press, who introduced the US to Samuel Beckett, Jean Genet, and Harold Pinter… The numerous shows, events and projects they’ve done since, with artists including Dan Graham, Guy de Cointet, Mike Kelley and Lee Lozano, have cemented this independent approach, while boldly asserting their position as dealers to be reckoned with. “We're definitely interested in experimentation in terms of our program but the gallery is a commercial space and we don't see a conflict there. We're happy to do everything we can to support our artists and help make it possible for them to continue to make their work.” Firmly embedded within the LA scene, they represent, among others, Barry Johnston, Stephen G Rhodes and Erika Vogt, alongside international figures including Merlin Carpenter, Marc Camille Chaimowicz and Haim Steinbach. "We're just opening a show with British artist Merlin Carpenter which features 20 near-identical abstract paintings, evenly hung throughout the space alongside Technogym treadmills. At Art Basel this year, we'll be doing a solo presentation with an artist we've just started working with, Kaari Upson. Many of our friends had been telling us we had to meet Kaari. When we finally went to her studio, we were so impressed with the scope and depth of her project. " At the heart of all they do is a love entrenched for the art they present: “We just enjoy showing work in LA that we've always wanted to see here.”

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