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Kim Schoen’s Tell Me Who I Am, 2017, and I Am What You Say, 2017, each HD video, color, sound, 22 minutes.

Kim Schoen

Young Projects Gallery

Kim Schoen’s Tell Me Who I Am, 2017, and I Am What You Say, 2017, each HD video, color, sound, 22 minutes.

Superficiality and nonsense are words that readily come to mind in relation to Kim Schoen’s work. The artist revels in these conditions but does so in a philosophical manner, often mining even the most vapid subjects to an astonishing depth. Her previous solo exhibition at the Moskowitz Bayse gallery in Los Angeles was constructed around the topic of “book blanks,” objects that outwardly resemble books but are empty inside. An interest in the formal signs of meaning and intelligence, as observed from the outside, was no less evident in Schoen’s most recent effort at Young Projects. However, in this latest collection of works, all attention was drawn toward communicative dysfunction, as announced by the show’s title, “The Hysteric’s Discourse,” which was adhered to the gallery window in an italicized white-vinyl font of three different sizes, all overlaid.

A hysterical person is

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