"Kim Pieters is an abstract painter. She has for many years also produced photographs, improvisational film and music, from her Dunedin studios. Her audiovisual films initially developed as an intuitive merging of her interest in the moving photographic image and abstract sound and remain within that domain.
The films generally place a discrete sound image and an autonomous visual image beside each other. Sometimes a third term is introduced. (eg text as in ‘Stray’). The usual cinematic action/reaction relationship is absent between the terms. This does not mean that a relationship does not exist but its qualities are particular and are not predetermined. This creates a base that can be put into play (sensually or intellectually or both) by anyone that may give attention.
Pieters orchestrates the project editing her visual contribution to invited participants independent sound or word images, as the case maybe. The pace has a tendency to be very slow and the resulting effect is contemplative, often very beautiful.
SHE SAID THE FILM OFFERED A CLEARING TO WHOMEVER PAID ATTENTION. SHE SAID YOU NEED NOT PAY ATTENTION. CLEARINGS WERE NOT FOR EVERYBODY. SHE SAID. SHE SAID IF YOU WERE BORED THEN CERTAINLY YOU WERE NOT PAYING ANY ATTENTION AND WERE NO WHERE NEAR NO CLEARING. HE SAID IT WAS NOT A FILM IT WAS AN AUDIOVISUAL" - Artist Statement
In 2017 Kim Pieters was commissioned by CIRCUIT to make Philosophy for Thick Cinema, curated by Mercedes Vicente.
From late 2019/early 2020 Kim Pieters has moved to present her arts practice predominantly online. Her work can be found here.
Conversation with Elle Loui August for The Thickness of Cinema (2017)
Essay by Abby Cunnane (2014)
Podcast interview (2014)
The Sound of Seeing, The Pyramid Club, Wellington
erotic anamnesis (solo), Bowerbank Ninow Gallery, Auckland
the name “rose” (solo) Inge Doesburg Gallery, Dunedin
the clearing, Dunedin Public Art Gallery
not standing still, Blue Oyster art project space, Dunedin
never an answer, Vivian Gallery, Matakana
Thick Cinema, CIRCUIT Artist Cinema Commission, various venues, New Zealand / Europe
the lovers (solo), Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown
Game, Bowerbank Ninow Gallery, Auckland
elements of the set’ (solo) Bowerbank Ninow Gallery, Auckland
deep joy is electricity in the brain (solo), Inge Doesburg Gallery, Dunedin
the Mallarmé Suite, Bowerbank Ninow Gallery, Auckland
Who’s afraid of Abstract Painting, Inge Doesburg Gallery, Dunedin
Meditations on New Zealand History, Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown
House Studies, Jonathan Smart Galleries, Christchurch
Necessary Distractions, Auckland Art Gallery
New Drawings (solo), Inge Doesburg Gallery, Dunedin
Meditations on New Zealand History (solo), Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown
What is a life? (solo), The Adam Art Gallery, Wellington
Variations on a summer day, Inge Doesburg Gallery, Dunedin