Kim Neudorf, of any one of them that is at all

November 4th - 26th, 2016


“...I’ve come up with an exhibition title . . . It is a sentence fragment from an excerpt from Merleau-Ponty's 'Phenomenology of Perception[.]’ The title is:


of any one of them that is at all


The full quote is:


‘existence can have no external or contingent attribute. It cannot be anything - spatial, sexual, temporal - without being so in its entirety, without taking up and carrying forth its 'attributes' and making them into so many dimensions of its being, with the result that an analysis of any one of them that is at all searching really touches upon subjectivity itself.’ (477) I've also stretched out the fragment into a kind of poem. It was written partly to stretch out the title into more of an idea, and it was written about some of the paintings too. The poem is attached.”


[- k. neudorf]


Is s t r e t c h the thinning or the fulfilling of an idea? One often encounters phrases like, “the road stretched on into the night,” in which stretch is a kind of Esfade, or a self-acknowledged limit. The road will continue, surely, but in conceiving of the stretch ahead – the road itself stretching – we concede its unknownness. In such cases, to what does stretch refer? A relinquishment of fixity or an absence of fact? An unconfirmed site or sighting? Is the stretch ahead a destination that’s intangible simply because it exists in the future? Stretching implies recalibration and the opening of space between known points. Perhaps most directly evoked by colloquial language, stretching also raises questions about truth. To embellish, to hyperbolize, to personalize, to reframe; stretching involves a reorientation of criteria. We may also think of this in (nonopposed) material and immaterial terms: stretching an object alters scale, whereas stretching an idea alters expectation. In Kim Neudorf’s paintings, stretch is perceived as a means of inhabiting and examining trajectories. Reflecting upon Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s assertion that “[experience] cannot be anything . . . without being so in its entirety,” in Neudorf’s work the activity of stretching between and beyond points of reference allows the viewer to partake in thinking with materials. Her paintings exhibit an embodied catachresis; the phenomenon whereby a kind of misnaming reveals, in degrees, the limits of linguistic sense-making. Exploring parallel permutations of the arbitrary within visual codes, of any one of them that is at all engages the reciprocal possibilities of image making and reading. Related to metaphor, catachresis is a more determinedly roving frame for discerning and relaying meaning. Unlike metaphor or forms of more literal explanation, catachresis never simply operates in lieu of a given meaning or definition. Rather, catachresis involves a reaching, a reorienting, a s t r e t c h i n g out. This stretching, an extension of what is toward what may be, begins when one acknowledges the reciprocal nature of reading and being read. Catachresis therein becomes a strategy for excavating form and formlessness, and for proceeding to layer the two with a renewed attentiveness to what is entailed in making sense. It is fitting that Neudorf uses the poetry of rearrangement to find a title for this exhibition; in stretching Merleau-Ponty’s notions she finds space for new ideas to dwell without pressure to kowtow or overdetermine. Working with deft awareness of genre, Neudorf creates bends in place of beginnings and ends. She pulls our focus here and there; we perceive of any one of them that is at all as a

play upon still-life, yet a play without conclusion. A play that remains in play. A stretch of the imagination only possible when we recall that to stretch is to know ourselves better through finding new sets of relations amongst the materials at hand.


[email attachment:

- k. neudorf]


of any one of them that is at all

mineral nose, I mean as if gilded, or dog nose gilded, as in grease

boiled, sweet inlay evenly spread or spread as lunch repeated

an evenly repeated inlay sweet lunch spread, or inlay

or that is, I mean

of any one of them near which we are

to the which we will in no wise agree

to the dirt-line, usually marked off with dust, small grit, and boiled remains

to the beds usually marked off with one that is in no way at all

that is, of any one at all

that is in no way at all

gilded evenly, repeated in grease warmed and spread

repeated as if gilded in small grit, or inlay, or warm grease

already marked off, desired thing lined with dirt and evenly spread

near which we are

we will in no way agree

what should we, that is at all near which we are

of any one of them that is at all



- Esmé Hogeveen, 2016



Kim Neudorf is an artist and writer based in London (ON). Her writing and paintings have appeared most recently in mind mouth a collaborative exhibition with Jenine Marsh at Forest City Gallery, London; sotto at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Kingston; Para//el Room at DNA Artspace, London; Paravent, curated by Sky Glabush, London; the fold-up, the get-up, the move about at Evans Contemporary Gallery, Peterborough; and The Room and Its Inhabitants at Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto. In the Fall of 2014 she curated balloon / portal / starres / fiends at DNA Artspace in London, an exhibition of works responding to a short story by Donald Barthelme. In 2011 she was a finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

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