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Kathleen King: SO THIS

August, 2018

All-One (Sky) Kathleen King
All-One (Sky) (2018) by Kathleen King

The sculpture and installation in SO THIS is both formal and throwaway. The design is simple, legible, minimal. The 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, California 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.

Mercury 20 Gallery

475 25th Street, Oakland CA 94612
Tel: 510-701-4620

Gallery hours: Friday + Saturday: 12-5pm and by appt