Harmony Korine Turns VHS Covers Into Painted Sculptures For "BLOCKBUSTER" Show

Taking over Gagosian’s Madison space in NYC this September.

By //Arts

Recognized for writing Larry Clark’s cult classic KidsSpring Breakers and directing Gummo, Harmony Korine will be the subject of a landmark exhibition at Gagosian’s Madison space in New York City. The multifaceted artist is paying homage to the VHS tape for his latest artistic endeavor entitled “BLOCKBUSTER.” Korine will present never-before-seen sculptures made using classic film covers.

In regards to the VHS covers utilized for the show, Korine recalled a personal experience inside a Blockbuster video store in Nashville, Tennessee ten years ago. “I bought all the videos in the store from them. I always loved the way VHS covers looked,” he told Gagosian. “I loved seeing them in long rows. I began to mark over the covers myself and distort the images. I liked the idea of changing the narratives. I liked the idea of turning them into paintings, or maybe they are sculptures now.”

“BLOCKBUSTER” will be on view starting September 11. Read key excerpts below and head over to Gagosian’s official website to learn more. In other art stories, British sculptor Alex Chinneck unveiled a surreal new installation in England.

On his affinity for VHS tapes:

My relationship with the individual films didn’t matter. I like that they can be touched and remade. These tapes contained stories. The stories are not just the films themselves. The stories are what’s inside the films, what’s hidden away behind the cover art and inside the box. I like being inside the box.

On the cultural and visceral importance of the medium:

All the hours of love and angst it took to create. All the lost names on all the credit lists. So many titles. They have been turned inside out. They have been remade. A million sequels. There is only one Blockbuster left in the world now. The VHS is nearly obsolete, lost in the fog of analog. We are heading into something new now. Welcome to BLOCKBUSTER.

Gagosian
980 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10075

Read Full Article
Harmony KorineExhibitionsGagosian

You may also like

Simone Zaccagnini Turns Vintage NASCAR Jackets into Sculptures
Arts

Simone Zaccagnini Turns Vintage NASCAR Jackets into Sculptures

As part of a new exhibit called “Riviera Sunset Boulevard.”
1,510 Hypes 7 Comments
MAGIC STICK Turns Workwear Into Elevated Streetwear for FW18
Fashion

MAGIC STICK Turns Workwear Into Elevated Streetwear for FW18

The latest from the fledgling Japanese label.
4,301 Hypes 4 Comments
Freddie Gibbs Turns Into an Old Mad for “Automatic” Visuals
Music

Freddie Gibbs Turns Into an Old Mad for “Automatic” Visuals

Uncle Freddie if you will.
476 Hypes 2 Comments
Drake Brings Out Travis Scott in Toronto & Performs “SICKO MODE”
Music

Drake Brings Out Travis Scott in Toronto & Performs “SICKO MODE”

The first time Drizzy & La Flame performed the track together.
0 Hypes 0 Comments
WNBA All-Star Breanna Stewart Breaks Down Career Highlights & Personal Goals
Sports

WNBA All-Star Breanna Stewart Breaks Down Career Highlights & Personal Goals

Touching on her unyielding love of basketball.
53 Hypes 1 Comments
Barnum's Animals Crackers Redesigns Iconic Packaging for PETA
Design

Barnum's Animals Crackers Redesigns Iconic Packaging for PETA

The animals have been “freed.”
255 Hypes 1 Comments


What to Read Next

Balenciaga's New Triple S Now Comes in Grey, Black & Volt
Footwear

Balenciaga's New Triple S Now Comes in Grey, Black & Volt

New design, same sneaker, new colors.

Travis Scott's First 'Astroworld' Merch Collection Is Now Live
Fashion

Travis Scott's First 'Astroworld' Merch Collection Is Now Live

For 24 hours only.

'The Sandlot' Is Getting a Prequel
Entertainment

'The Sandlot' Is Getting a Prequel

“You’re killing us, Smalls.”


7 Drops You Don't Want to Miss This Week
Fashion 

7 Drops You Don't Want to Miss This Week

Including PLEASURES, Virgil Abloh, No Vacancy Inn, and Travis Scott merch.

Artist Alex Chinneck Unzips an Abandoned Building in England
Arts

Artist Alex Chinneck Unzips an Abandoned Building in England

As part of a surreal installation called ‘Open To The Public.’

Sarah Connor Returns in First Official Image for New 'Terminator'
Entertainment

Sarah Connor Returns in First Official Image for New 'Terminator'

The legendary heroine is finally back.

More ▾