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Featured Artist October 2019

Kathleen King

Kathleen King’s work has been exhibited at Mercury 20 Gallery, The Compound Gallery, Mills College, and Pro Arts in Oakland, as well as the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art and the City of Berkeley’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Building.

Kathleen King was born in Oakland, CA. She received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives and works in Berkeley, CA.

Artist Statement

Influenced by sources from Constructivism to Arte Povera to African-American quilts, Kathleen King makes assemblages, sculpture, and installations that transform discarded materials through arrangement--interlocking, piling, stacking, hanging, and leaning--often drawing inspiration from urban surroundings to reference construction sites, homeless encampments, architecture, streets, signage and fences.

King's visual vocabulary connects once valuable, now rejected materials with the precarities we encounter in our personal, social and political contexts. The artist explores states of coexistence, contingency and control, drawing attention to how we make our social environments and are, in turn, made by them. The works juxtapose, engage, and balance, challenging viewers into empathy with sculptural objects and with each other.

Visit Kathleen’s website.

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All-One (Sun), 2018
found wood, paint
60 in. x 50 in. x 1.5 in.
photo by Phil Cohen

Heap, 2018
found clothing, wood, paint
73 in. x 17 in. x 18 in.
photo by artist

Monument to the Precariat #1-3, 2018
found plastic buckets
96 in. x 26 in. x 26 in. each
photo by artist

Asymmetrical Response #2 , 2018 wood, spray paint 20 in. x 20 in. x 1 in. photo by artist

Asymmetrical Response #2, 2018
wood, spray paint
20 in. x 20 in. x 1 in.
photo by artist

For a list of previously featured Member Artists, click the link for the Index of Featured Artists.