WWD sits down with Gordon to talk about what she's been up to. WWD: What is the origin behind the Noise Paintings?
Kim Gordon: I started doing the series in 2009. The paintings are taken directly as names from Noise bands; they are all of bands or individuals who play music. I liked the idea of taking something that will never become popular and is very pure and free in its expression [and] using it as content for art. I liked the idea of people buying something for an experience they never had, much like the way people buy T-shirts for places they've never been to.
WWD: Which was the first painting?
K.G.: "Pussy Galore" was the first. I just liked them as a band. And I liked that they took their name from something in pop culture, so I liked the idea of putting it back out in another context.
K.G.: "Talk Normal" are these two girls who play amazing music, more No Wave than Noise music. "Slow Listener" is such a great name.
WWD: How do the Noise Paintings relate to your other work?
K.G.: Early work of mine had to do with writing. Short proposals for stories, sort of inspired by conceptual art and the minimalist writer [Alain] Robbe-Grillet.
WWD: What are you currently obsessed with?
K.G.: I'm into doing paintings of lyrics, other people's...random lines. Each word is on a separate piece of paper or canvas.
WWD: Your guilty pleasure right now?
K.G.: Listening to Kurt Vile's latest CD, "Childish Prodigy." Guilty because I listen to it too much...
WWD: And the requisite fashion question: What's going to be your go-to look for the summer?
K.G.: Probably some Electric Feather dress. I wore one all last summer. [The clothes] are so simple but unusual.