Kori Newkirk 2011: An Interview

2011 | 00:35:01 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: On Art and Artists, Interviews

Tags: African-American, Conceptual Art, Painting, VDB Interviews, Visiting Artists Program

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In this interview, Kori Newkirk (b.1970) describes his interest in the space that exists between categories. Hailing from the Bronx, earning a BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and finally settling on Los Angeles as his base of operations, Newkirk has always been motivated by a desire to eschew provincialism. In this conversation, he discusses the idea of regional identity, his complex relationship with the Los Angeles art community, and how his experience as a student at SAIC helped him move beyond the boundaries of a simple material definition of painting.

Newkirk describes himself as a "painter that doesn’t paint" with an expanded understanding of painting’s potential as a formal language.  

– Kyle Riley

Interview conducted by Terry R. Myers in March 2011, edited in 2014.