An Event in the Form of Questions


An Event in the Form of Questions solo show


Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA


May 6 – June 11, 2022

Kathleen King’s recent assemblage and sculpture is comprised of materials gathered from city streets and the waste stream. This new body of work colligates discarded manufactured objects—plastic containers, metal frames, and other found structural pieces—with fragments of clothing and other detritus. As modernist geometrical forms are combined with improvised and precarious formations, 20th and 21st century systems and ideas are referenced and re-arranged. What are we made of?

In An Event in the Form of Questions grids and structures evoke the given order from high-rises to prisons. They negotiate with torn pieces and piles of discarded clothing and detritus from dumpsters, gutters, and trash piles—stacked, tied, hung, leaned. Events live and change among givens. How are we connected?

This work challenges viewers to look at abandonment and lack as both material and spiritual conditions, as well as to think about satisfaction, which is linked to consumption and our global climate catastrophe. What do we need?

Solo Show: An Event in the Form of Questions

Strong Ties #5 (2022)

Strong Ties #6 (2022)

Strong Ties #4 (2022)

Anatomy of a Refusal (left) + Member (right)

Member (2022)

Deep Water (2022)

Installation view

Installation view

Suspended Agency (2022)

Suspended Agency (2022) (detail)

Feeling Factory (2022) (detail)

Installation view

Video Walkthrough