Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork

Los Angeles, California

About Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork

A portrait of Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork, a person with light skin tone sporting a buzzcut of dark hair. They smile slightly and wear a denim button up shirt with a cut out instead of a shirt pocket on the right side.

Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork has been working with the intersection of sound, sculpture, and performance since 2002. They studied sound art, photography, and new genres at the San Francisco Art Institute. They researched the history of communication technologies, acoustics, and computer music at Stanford University, where they received an MFA. Kiyomi Gork was in Made In LA 2020 at the Hammer Museum, Geometry of Now at the VAC Moscow, and the Soundtracks exhibition at SFMOMA. They have had solo exhibitions at 356 Mission Rd and The Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; François Ghebaly in New York; Empty Gallery in Hong Kong; and The Lab in San Francisco. Kiyomi Gork has received a LACMA Art and Technology Grant and grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission, Center for Cultural Innovation, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Upcoming exhibitions include the Taipei Biennial and a solo presentation at the Carpenter Center at Harvard. Performances have included collaborations with Laetitia Sonami, the collective 0th, and Ashland Mines and Jonathan Mandabach. Kiyomi Gork identifies as a queer mixed-race fem whose family came to the US four generations ago from Okinawa (Ryukyu Islands), Japan, and Eastern Europe. They were born and raised in Los Angeles.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Fellowship, 2023

MFA Grant, 2011

Website / Social Links

There are many ways to ‘listen’—with our ears, our eyes, our whole body, our expectations, our desires. Listening can be intentional to understand language and music or passive when our attention is occupied by other senses yet influenced by the sonic environment. In my installations, I draw upon these many ways of listening, often using live-processing sound and music software within architectures of acoustic sculpture to create experiences that center the body and offer a degree of choice and autonomy.”