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As part of Finley's 2014 solo exhibit, "Love Field" at Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles.
Love Field is an exhibit by world renowned artist Karen Finley where the artist has been studying the traumatic images surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Here she presents reworkings of common and uncommon images associated with the tumultuous events and personalities surrounding November 22, 1963.
Love Field refers to the Dallas Airport that Jackie and Jack Kennedy landed at on November 22, 1963.
Image rights: Karen Finley / Coagula
Karen Finley, "Love Field", 11/21/15-1/3/16, Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles
Since the 1970s, fearless conceptual artist Karen Finley has been foregrounding taboo issues surrounding sexuality, violence, celebrity, and the positioning of women in society in her no-holds-barred work. Known primarily for her searing performances, she also works in a range of other media, including music, writing, painting, and installation, choosing the method best suited to her ideas. Among the most famous of her many career-defining moments was her involvement in a lawsuit against the NEA, whose “decency clause” was invoked to cut funding of her work in 1990. Her projects, from subversively raunchy punk music rants to a public exploration that paired “sexting” with art consumption, provoke controversy and dialogue. For Finley, that means she is doing her job right: “I think that what the artist does is to subvert a thinking, to offer a different perspective,” she says.
American, b. 1956, Chicago, Illinois