ABOVE: CLAIRE BOUCHER. PHOTO COURTESY OF RAPHAEL OULLET.
When we first spoke with Claire Boucher (better known as Grimes) in May 2011, she informed us, “I have an intense desire to constantly make music, and I don’t feel that way about anything else.” We no longer believe this assertion; it seems that Boucher is making visual art as well as a synthpop. We had an inkling that this might be the case when we saw Grimes’ self-designed cover art for her last album, Visions, but it seems Boucher is taking things to the next level with an exhibition at Audio Visual Arts in New York’s East Village. The show, which opens tonight, features Boucher’s paintings and drawings in aid of Sisters in Spirit, a campaign to raise awareness regarding violence against Aboriginal women in Canada. Other artists exhibiting their works include Alexandra Mackenzie, Dan Rocca and Lux Xzymhr. And we thought we’d have nothing to do this evening.
GRIMES, VISUALS, IS ON SHOW AT AUDIO VISUAL ARTS, MAR. 23–MAR. 25