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Kathleen King: Wood Vibrations

August 2014

Kathleen King, 2014, Slightly Different Angle, spray paint on wood, 24 x 24 inches

Kathleen King makes painted constructions using wood found in streets building sites and dumpsters. The artist creates a visual lexicon of spray painted markings, gradated color, and 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 playful strategies that connect viewers to possibilities for openness and optimism.

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

Artist Talks and Reception: Saturday, August 30, 4-6pm
Oakland Art Murmur First Friday: September 5, 6-9pm
Third Thursdays on 25th Street: August 22 + September 18, 6-8pm

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Mercury 20 Gallery

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

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