Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on July 16, 2009

photos by Tim Griffin

Kaki King in Stuy Town
Kaki King

Hey everyone!

I set up this page as a forum for everyone to witness and provide (helpful) commentary on this art project I had in mind.

What I want to do is to meet twelve amazing artists, give them each a blank guitar, and let them go wild creating anything their heart desires. The theme of each piece would be the title of one of my songs, and my only artistic contribution would be to paint my fingers and 'play' the fretboard (wherever it ends up) as I would during the song so as to create a visual representation of where my hands travel.

Everyone tells me that my playing is best witnessed visually--so this is one interpretation of that statement. At the end of this project we're going to display all of the guitars in a gallery and throw a party with performances and perhaps the finalization of the last guitar.

Right now I'm extending an open call for artists to submit their websites/jpegs/etc. and ideas about how they could redesign/paint/burn/disembody/what have you a guitar. Those who have experience working with mixed media and found objects will probably do best with this. I will be honest--artists in the NYC area will be considered slightly more favorably due to the expense of shipping costs (and the fact that I like meeting people face to face), but I felt that it was unfair to limit the submissions to just my hometown.

If this is a project for you or anyone you know then please email kakiguitarart@gmail.com. Send any relevant links or materials, your basic bio, and if possible a song title that you'd be interested in. I will answer every single email personally and provide you with all of the relevant details that aren't already here.

For those non-visual artists, feel free to comment about the project, favorite song titles, and any other feedback you feel is relevant. I'll be updating this site and my own as the project progresses. And please, no haters. This is just supposed to be good creative fun.

Thanks for reading! Can't wait to see what y'all got!

love, kaki

That Facebook-based project will come to life on August 7th at the new venue Littlefield in Brooklyn. Last night (7/15), like Jay Reatard before her, Kaki King played a free NYC show in Stuy Town. More pictures from that show, and all tour dates below...

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Kaki King - 2009 Tour Dates
Jul 25 - Wanderlust Festival Lake Tahoe, California
Aug 7 - The Exhibition @ Littlefield Brooklyn, New York
Aug 12 - Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Massachusetts
Aug 15 - MASS MoCA w/ Josh Ritter, Ben Kweller, Elvis Perkins in Dearland North Adams, Massachusetts
Oct 24 - The Stoughton Opera House Stoughton, Wisconsin

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Comments (28)

She's cute but I can't stand when performers go bar-footed on stage.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 11:19 AM

11:19, why?

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 11:30 AM

that second to last photo is excellent.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 11:38 AM

I'd hit it...

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 11:44 AM

she is really good.

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | July 16, 2009 11:49 AM

setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 11:52 AM

Short hair is so hot. Love it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 11:58 AM

sup hillary swank

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 12:02 PM

MUF DVR

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 12:13 PM

the next karate kid !

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 12:18 PM

The reason that I like this comment so much, uh, aside from the fact that it's amazing is, um, I feel like it was kind of overlooked when it was posted and now it's like this absolute classic comment. But, uh, when it was actually reviewed, when it was posted, it really didn't do very...I mean it did well, but it didn't do extremely well. Rolling Stone at the time gave it like..I think 2 out of 5 stars or something like that. And then when they re-released it they said it was 5 out of 5 stars, when they did the next review. But it was just a very important comment in my formidable years and, um, it's a classic pop comment.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 12:34 PM

People - don't make your babies wear Crocs!

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 12:52 PM

Is that dude playing the electric bong?

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 12:58 PM


People - don't make your babies wear Crocs! >>

why ?

you obviously don't have kids.....or if you do , you like waiting an hour for them to put on their shoes..

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 1:16 PM

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 1:29 PM

everyone please!... I beg of y'all no more jorts, cut off or otherwise. If you've got nice legs let us know in some other way, if you don't have nice legs let us know in some other way. However, if you rock your jorts with rainbow suspenders Forget everything I just said. Rainbow suspenders make everything okay. Kaki King looks good in her cutoff jorts but... My opinions on jorts do not count if you live or work in a bayou or swamp at a beach or perform shows for kids( with rainbow suspenders only) or if you are in the most unfortunate situation of being a teenage hobo who can't afford legs for your pants.

Posted by Rw | July 16, 2009 1:56 PM

WHITE PEOPLE!

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 2:08 PM

Looks like that wavves nevermind thing is the new MEH. Also can almost see her vagin in one of those pics. Thank you.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 2:09 PM

i see conor, but no mystic valley blizzand?

Posted by beast | July 16, 2009 2:55 PM


and my only artistic contribution would be to paint my fingers and 'play' the fretboard (wherever it ends up) as I would during the song so as to create a visual representation of where my hands travel.
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Keep talking honey! Wherever it ends up

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2009 3:24 AM

i just love this lady - so intense! what a devoted performer. yet despite this she comes across as this innocent, delightful pixie. ah:)

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2009 11:43 AM

hey guys.
ı loved kakis new haid and by the way ım following this stuuff from all the way down to turkey :D
this means ı really respect this
.I think the guitar art work project is amazing!!
hope it goes on just fantastic

loves from istanbul guys <3<3

Posted by Elif Güngör | July 17, 2009 11:43 AM

I think it's awesome that Kaki King performs barefoot-I mean she is being herself instead of conforming to the usual super-star fasion socially constructed "Norm". awesome! Also, who's gonna be looking at her feet! She plays so well...I don't care what she wears... it's all about the music. ;)

Posted by India Lynn | July 17, 2009 1:09 PM

Kaki is coming to Wisconsin?
Definetly going, only death can stop me.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2009 1:12 PM

I agree... I think everyone's kinda missing the point. The girl could be wearing a potato sack and I wouldn't give a flying fork. Get a grip and try to enjoy life a little more eh?! Instead of picking holes into someone you could only dream of being. Sermon over.

Posted by ami | July 17, 2009 8:30 PM

constructed norm, great artist, fuck you, shit box, bare feet, grow up you fucks, music is not that important, when your balls finally drop you will realize this

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2009 9:41 PM

is south africa too far away for entering the guitar-art? shit i really wanna

Posted by renee | July 18, 2009 2:50 PM

Hope all you lustbags are in fact female, because KK is of that preference...

Posted by Zax | August 13, 2009 9:02 AM

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