Kim Abeles is an artist whose community-based projects explore biography, geography and environment. She has created projects with the California Science Center, air pollution control agencies, health clinics and mental health departments, and natural history museums in California, Colorado and Florida. Abeles received the 2013 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and is a recipient of fellowships from J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, California Community Foundation and Pollack-Krasner Foundation. In 1987, she innovated a method to create images from the smog in the air, and Smog Collectors brought her work to national and international attention. She is currently working on sculptural suitcases for Camp Ground: Arts, Corrections and Fire Management in the Santa Monica Mountains that embeds artists in the Los Angeles County Fire Department to work in collaboration with the paid and inmate workforces. Her work is in public collections including MOCA, LACMA, Berkeley Art Museum, California African American Museum, and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Abeles’ journals, books, and process documents are archived at the Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art.
Kim Abeles: ˌterə ˈfɜːmə
A solo exhibition of forty mixed media works and installations at the Frank M. Doyle Pavillion, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, California Curated by Kim Garrison Means Sept 21-Dec 2, 2017
Sweet Dreams contains multiple videos embedded in wall created with hand-drawn and digital prints. Welded steel and chiffon baby furniture and ancillary artworks complete the installation.
Originally commissioned for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley, Idaho
Pearls of Wisdom - End the Violence
Pearls of Wisdom - End the Violence (2011) is a mixed media and video sculpture and installation with sculptural "pearls" created by families moving beyond domestic violence. Abeles created the two-year project in collaboration with A Window Between Worlds and Funded by the James Irvine Foundation, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, and additional funders.
40 Days and 40 Nights (40 Days of Smog)
The dining room created with smog as its primary material was first exhibited in 1991. Particulate matter (smog) is created as images on glass, porcelain plates, and objects. Auto mufflers and detritus embedded in chiffon complete the sculptural table.
Shared Skies Equinox
Abeles in collaboration with Polar Educators International
For this version of Shared Skies, international members photographed the sky during the week of the Equinox (September 22, 2017), facing toward the North Pole if they are north of the equator, and toward the South Pole if located to the south of the Equator. Abeles combined the images, the photographers' names and GPS coordinates into a print of the globe. As with all the Shared Skies artworks, each participant receives one of the prints in thanks for their involvement.