BARAGOUIN is a tongue-in-cheek artists' book by Kim Schoen, a companion piece to a video installation of the same name, filmed in a now-closed residential sculpture showroom in Los Angeles. The video BARAGOUIN presents these sculptures—which are derivative copies of original works of art—as an important collection of art and records their "voices"— a pastiche of verbal nonsense and phonetically imitated sounds of languages from around the world. The sculptures range in style and geographic origin from Buddhist to Rococo, Neoclassical to Modernist. BARAGOUIN , the book, catalogs these sculptures as a fictional collection and gives them each a clear art-historical provenance based on morphological resemblances. BARAGOUIN is designed by Ella Gold and includes an essay and expert "provenance" work by Edward Sterrett.
Kim Schoen (born 1969 in Princeton) is a Los Angeles and Berlin-based photographer and artist.
Kim Schoen's work in video installation, photography, and text engages the rhetoric of display. Her absurdist, experimental approach takes on objects and language that try to persuade or convince us of something, using them as raw materials to say something new.