Solo Show at Mercury 20 Gallery in Oakland, CA
August 14 – September 20, 2014
"All space is occupied by the enemy. We are living under a permanent curfew. Not just the cops—the geometry"
Kathleen King makes painted constructions using wood found in streets, building sites and dumpsters. The artist creates a visual lexicon of spray painted markings, gradations of color and a blunt geometry that explores the relationships between the urban environment and the emotions and behavior of individuals.
Taking a psychogeographic approach, King wanders transitional neighborhoods, corresponding in earnest empathy with phenomena and objects encountered, cultivating an awareness of the ways in which everyday life is conditioned and controlled as well as how control is subverted. King's work moves between painting and sculpture, investigating visual patterns and uncovering strategies that connect viewers to possibilities for the future.