Kaki King played Stuy Town (pics), making guitar art (show)
photos by Tim Griffin
Kaki King in Stuy Town
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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…
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