Exhibition | SO THIS | Contemporary Art at Mercury 20 Gallery | Oakland, San Francisco | Art Week

SO THIS

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Saturday, 8 September 2018
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Thursday, 2 August 2018 -
12:00pm to 6:00pm

KATHLEEN KING
SO THIS

August 2-September 8, 2018

Mercury 20 Gallery
475 25th St. Oakland, CA, USA
510-701-4620

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 11, 4-6pm
Walk-through with the Artists at 4:30 (with Fernando Reyes)
First Friday/Art Murmur: August 3, 6-9pm
First Friday/Art Murmur: September 7, 6-9pm

 

The sculpture and installation in SO THIS is both formal and throwaway. The design is simple, legible, minimal. Materials used are found wood, and objects including discarded plastic buckets, containers, clothing, rusted cans and cement block. The work explores states of coexistence and situations that rely on how they are constructed, arranged, and seen or not seen.

A series of paintings on found paper inspired by tantra paintings is also presented. Using the inverted triangle shape--the symbol for female power--these diagrams support a devotional mindset and visionary imaginative processes such as a female-centered future.

The abuse of power today is clear: laws and speech meant to break down human compassion, hard-won connections and solidarity at a rapid pace. Living amidst these tensions that tear at the heart of social unities we find a need to rebuild and recreate connection on a daily basis. Making this work is an act of critique and a support for a continuing resistance.

In the words of Iggy Pop:
They say 'so what' I say 'so this.'
Your honest face, your quiet, simple grace,
You are one thing I will not waste.

Kathleen King was born in Oakland, CA and has a BA in Art from the University of California, Berkeley. Her work has been exhibited at Mercury 20 Gallery, The Compound Gallery, Pro Arts, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art and the City of Berkeley’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Building. Her work is represented in numerous private collections.

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Using discarded materials found in city streets, dumpsters and building sites around the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area, Kathleen King creates new ambient unities, making abstract assemblages that respond to her experiences on these streets, in empathy with people and phenomena encountered.

King has developed a visual language that addresses hierarchies, such as those proposed by modernism, including urban architecture, city planning, and directional signage. In her treatment of materials—building from scraps, cutting and leaving holes, revealing the mechanics of the works production— and in her use of design strategies such as approximate measurement, and asymmetrical patterning, King makes works that cultivate an awareness of the ways in which everyday life is conditioned and controlled and how control is subverted.

Working in the intersection of place, space and materials, King seeks to draw attention to how people make their social environments and are in turn made by them.

Kathleen King was born in Oakland, CA and has a BA in Art from the University of California, Berkeley. Her work has been exhibited at Mercury 20 Gallery, The Compound Gallery, Pro Arts, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art and the City of Berkeley’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Building. Her work is represented in numerous private collections.

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475 25th St., Oakland CA 94612

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