Heterotopian Enclosure
2020, painted wood and found clothing sculpture
84H x 48W x 48D inches

Using discarded materials found in construction sites and city streets, this work challenges power structures that determine artistic as well as social value. “Heterotopia“ is a concept elaborated by philosopher Michel Foucault to describe certain cultural, institutional and discursive spaces that are somehow “other:” disturbing, intense, incompatible, contradictory or transforming. This sculpture both mirrors and counteracts situations of urban existence, external and internal.

Kathleen King
Tears, 2019
3” x 3” x 9’

The Black Square is a painting by Kasimir Malevich from 1915. Malevich referred to it as the “zero point of painting” about which he stated “I transformed myself in the zero of form and emerged from nothing to creation.” The artistic theory of suprematism involved Malevich’s conviction that only in art is there a “supremacy of pure feeling.”

In the installation titled “Tears” a black square of crumpled paper which refers to Malevich’s revolutionary painting is hung on the wall behind long knotted chains of white buttons. Buttons are a component of contemporary everyday life— circular, useful, humble, ubiquitous. The process used to structure the sculpture is tying, where each button in the chain is contingent upon the others. The continuous variety of the button’s sizes, shapes and tones demonstrates a context of randomness and multiplicity.

Modernist and post-modernist ideas converse in the juxtaposition of the square and the button chains. The piece explores Truth and its conditions including utopian ideals, violent histories and human connection.

Some pieces that I did for a collaboration show with Kerry Vander Meer July 2019.

Street-level gallery Element 79 showed my work at the corner of Shattuck + Cedar in Berkeley during January 2019.

Kathleen King
Head Case 2, 2018
Found wood, house paint

Currently we live in a society of the precarious. Productivity is no longer just a matter of labor, but affects the formation of the self, blurring the division between personal and professional lives. Persuaded to believe ourselves flexible and autonomous, we experience an isolation that has personal, social and political impacts, and serves the purposes of capital accumulation and social control. In other words, inequality is driving us crazy.

Kathleen King
Something There, 2018
Found objects, tape

Everyday objects have been collected and wrapped in colored tape, obscuring their identity. The concealment challenges the viewer to reappraise the objects beneath and the space in which they coexist. The pieces are displayed on the wall as in a record or bookstore. As they interact energetically, they bring ideas about internal and external, seeing and knowing, containment and expression into conversation.

“Love and death are magnificent gifts, which many of us leave unopened.” –Rilke

Carrying Capacity (2017)
24 x 30 x 60 inches
Wheelbarrow, Xmas balls, vibrator

Biologists define “carrying capacity” as the maximum population of a given species that can survive indefinitely in a given environment. Carrying capacity is a measure of sustainability within changing conditions. This sculpture questions the capacity of our planet to carry humans into the future. How much “glitter, noise and false promises of consumer-culture idols”, as journalist Chris Hedges puts it, can humans and the earth accommodate? Perhaps we see here the wasted fruits of our labors. Beautiful shiny things fuel our most obvious desires but how do we satisfy our need for compassion, dignity and community? The lack of attention to our deepest desires creates the particular collective despair and anxiety of our present moment. That low rumble you feel just might be the revolution.

22 Artists' Belts (2017)
This wall piece is comprised of belts gathered from each artist member of Mercury 20, the artist collective gallery that I am a part of. Lately I am looking to make constructions that relate to Solidarity; the unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group.