Kim Garcia (b. 1989. San Diego, CA) is an artist working in sculpture, drawing, and painting. Her practice explores social dynamics and residual trauma from interpersonal relationships, community structures, and memory. Kim comes from a background in creating collaborative community projects that often employ alternative spaces to explore studio art practices, site-specific collaboration, and museum and exhibition research. She is the founder of The Cold Read, an online critique group and artist collective that engages gestures of care and support through writing. And is one of the co-founders of after hours gallery, an art gallery in Los Angeles that hosts seasonal two-person exhibitions. She has most recently shown her work at Phase Gallery, Peripheral Space, DXIX Projects, Human Resources, DAC Gallery, Torrance Art Museum, CICA Museum (Korea), and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Kim is based in Los Angeles and received her BA from UC San Diego and her MFA from UC Irvine.
2018 University of California, Irvine — MFA in Studio Art
2015 University of California, San Diego — BA in Visual Arts
2013 San Diego Mesa College — Certificate of Performance in Museum Studies
2023 Upcoming Solo Exhibition at Phase Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2019 i leave this standing stone to be a sign, Best Practice, San Diego
2018 is love a tender thing?, University Art Gallery, Irvine, CA
2017 Something We Don’t Know - Part 2, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
2015 We are where we are not., Disclosed unLocation, San Diego
2013 DEVICE, Mandeville Annex Gallery, San Diego
2023 Beta Epochs, Los Angeles, CA
2022 Now! Bendix Building, Los Angeles, CA
2022 a line and a long gaze, Phase Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2022 Mixed Media, Site: Brooklyn Gallery, New York, NY
2021 SMC Faculty Art Exhibit, Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery
2021 Remote Residue, Doppler Projects, Athens, GA
2021 THE HIDEBEHIND, after hours, Los Angeles, CA
2021 Meet You at the Garden Gate, Peripheral Space, Los Angeles, CA
2020 Backyard, DXIX Projects in conjunction with Other Places Art Fair, Virtual Exhibition
2019 Adjacent, Adjacent, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
2019 sluice over the braids sweet forming, Eastside International Los Angeles
2019 Efímera, Blue Roof Studios, Los Angeles, CA
2019 MICROLOGIES, Scharaun, Berlin, Germany
2019 Blended, DAC Gallery, Los Angeles
2019 Looking Forward, Looking Back, San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery
2018 Artist and Location, CICA Museum, Korea
2018 Screenings, Laemmle NoHo 7, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Arc, Wobble, Fade, Fold, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Drawings, paintings, maybe a sculpture 2, Everybody Gallery, Tuscon, AZ
2018 Greater Los Angeles MFA, Cal State Long Beach, CA
2017 The Leaning Tower of Pisa, DXIX Projects, Venice, CA
2017 Mid-City Moment, Mokosh Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2017 SoCal MFA 2017, Millard Sheets Art Center, Pomona, CA
2017 Peintures et dessins par, À l’Abbaye de Bassac, France
2017 Baker's Dozen VI, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
2017 Boiling Process 5: Mythodologies, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA
2017 This is a demo, Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA
2016 Slippery When Wet, GAIT LA, Los Angeles, CA
2016 New Contemporaries: San Diego Art Prize Nominees, City College Gallery, San Diego, CA
2015 Everything in-between us, HB Punto Experimental, San Diego
2015 DATE NIGHT, SDAI Project Space, San Diego, CA
2015 Gone Paintin', California Suites Hotel, San Diego, CA
2015 Friends Press, ARTiFACT Gallery, San Diego, CA
2014 Our Current State, ADK Gallery, San Diego
2014 twofold_, Disclosed unLocation, San Diego
2014 BOOHAI, Ship in the Woods, San Diego, CA
2014 Open Walls Project, Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair, San Diego, CA
2014 TRANSANNUAL: Normal Actions for Normal Heights, San Diego, CA
2014 LURE, San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery, San Diego, CA
2013 TNT @ WoW, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
2011 Art Labs, Hilton Bayfront, Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair, San Diego, CA
2011 8x8 Cubed, SPACE 4 ART, San Diego, CA
2011 Color Me Alchemy, Voz Alta Project Gallery, San Diego, CA
2018 UCI Research and Travel Grant
2017 UCI Research and Travel Grant
2017 H.B. and Isabelle Yolen Memorial Scholarship
2016 UCI Research and Travel Grant
2016 H.B. and Isabelle Yolen Memorial Scholarship
2016 Millenial Exploring Engagement Grant,
2015 UCI Diversity Recruitment Fellowship
2015 Italo Scanga Memorial Scholarship
2015 Hajim Family Alumni Schoarlship
2014 Russel Grant
2014 William F. Rogers, Jr. Scholarship
2011 Clairemont Art Guild Scholarship
2010 Synergy Art Foundation Scholarship
2007 Chula Vista Art Guild Scholarship
2022 a line and a long gaze, Phase Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2021- Present after hours gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2016 Something We Don’t Know - Part 1, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego, CA
2015 Just Friends, SDAI Project Space, San Diego, CA
2015 Friends Press, Artifact Gallery, San Diego, CA
2014 BETTER OFF NOW, San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery, San Diego, CA
2013 CHAOS: A State of Disorder, Visual Arts Gallery, San Diego, CA
2013 KULT, Mandeville Annex Gallery, San Diego, CA
2013 Hexell Pod, Take-Out Gallery, San Diego, CA
2011 Chewbacca Rainbow, Take-Out Gallery, San Diego, CA
2011 Expected/Unexpected, Take-Out Gallery, San Diego, CA
2017 Censorship is a symptom of oversight at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, as part of the exhibition, Something We Don’t Know Part 3: Can You See Us? July 29 - August 17.
2016 Art Practices and Applying for Graduate School at University of San Diego. As part of a presentations series for advanced undergraduates.
2014 Deconstructing the Art Talk at University Art Gallery of the University of California, San Diego. A precursive presentation for the lecture series.
2013 Reset: Mandeville at the University Art Gallery of the University of California, San Diego. Discussion of the politics of academic space within a visual arts program. April 26-27.
Visiting Artist Lecturer, UC Santa Barbara — Winter 2022 - Present
Part-Time Faculty, Santa Monica College — Fall 2021 - Present
Instructor of Record/Teaching Associate, University of California, Irvine — Fall 2017
Visiting Artist Lecturer, San Diego Mesa Community College — Fall 2016, Spring 2017
2019 Art and Cake LA, “Adjacent, Adjacent at Torrance Art Museum.” Genie Davis, December 21. Web.
2018 New University, “ The Distinctive Works of UCI’s MFA Students.” Eashan Kotha, May 15. Web.
2017 San Diego CityBeat, “Artist and students document hidden art in ‘Something We Don’t Know’.” Kinsee Morlan, August 17. Print
2017 Long Beach Post, in Arts & Culture, “IN PICTURES: Discover the Next Wave of Los Angeles Contemporary Artists at GLAMFA.” Asia Morris, January 25. Web.
2016 Contemporary Art Review LA 'Slippery When Wet at GAIT.’ Angella d’Avignon, October 27. Web.
2014 Culture Buzz "The supple ideas in ‘Lure’ at Mesa College Art Gallery.” Robert L. Pincus, February 14. Web and Print.
2013 The Daily Aztec "A fun, interactive night at the Thursday Night Thing." Ryo Miyauchi, October 8. Web.
2010 San Diego CityBeat, “Building a Room of One’s Own”, Kinsee Morlan. Print.
Fiction is a productive site for describing states of instability, where I rely on residue from social interactions as a catalyst for my practice. I use my body and experience to process the interpersonal structures of intimacy, employing memory to explore power dynamics and trauma. The work appears as vacated scenes of vibrant pseudo-familiar sculptures, where physical interdependencies and contradictions are exposed. My current series, she haunts, explores folklore through inherited oral narratives. Details of these stories are imperfectly recalled, slightly changing the narrative each time it is recited. I am interested most in how these oral records are continuously shaped and formed through the storyteller to transform trauma into power and work through the complicated relationships within a postcolonial female lineage. The malleable nature of the content inspires a new approach to archiving personal history and locating a transmutable identity. My hybrid material practice combines sculpture, drawing, and painting to investigate residual tensions that have been built up to the present—uncovering what futures can be built from a repressed past. The sentiment of my practice is to give power to the absent, what isn't visible, what may be powerless, and what cannot be easily defined.