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Lisa Kirk

American, b. 1967

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Lisa Kirk

American, b. 1967

Biography

Lisa Kirk’s paintings, sculptures, videos, and installations express the artist’s preoccupations with the moral complexity of consumerism, collective fear and trauma, and radical politics. She has described her works as having a visual vocabulary that “references war, popular entertainment, middle-class American violence, and my sentiment of nostalgia for revolt,” admitting that her projects’ materials and process are frequently dissimilar from the others, but they are united by the way they address the human condition. Her practice sometimes includes a performative element; in one instance, Kirk was present during an exhibition to offer aura readings and custom elixirs. Other works include a commercially available perfume named “Revolution,” which lists among its scents tear gas, blood, urine, smoke, and burned rubber.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Biography

Lisa Kirk’s paintings, sculptures, videos, and installations express the artist’s preoccupations with the moral complexity of consumerism, collective fear and trauma, and radical politics. She has described her works as having a visual vocabulary that “references war, popular entertainment, middle-class American violence, and my sentiment of nostalgia for revolt,” admitting that her projects’ materials and process are frequently dissimilar from the others, but they are united by the way they address the human condition. Her practice sometimes includes a performative element; in one instance, Kirk was present during an exhibition to offer aura readings and custom elixirs. Other works include a commercially available perfume named “Revolution,” which lists among its scents tear gas, blood, urine, smoke, and burned rubber.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Top emerging
Emerging representation
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum