PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIFFANY SAGE
The hyperrealistic and abstract artworks translate the artist’s struggle with agoraphobia into a conceptual essay on her imprisoning sense of fear of open spaces. This exhibition of paintings explored through a crucible of trepidation, perception and, ultimately, painting itself, is a wide open metaphor for the artist.
“I struggle daily with the notion of space, and my place within it,” says King. “It all boils down to identity and reality”.
During the last seven years, King has struggled with agoraphobia, which is clinical anxiety in response to open spaces. As the artist explains, she lives her life behind the same walls day in and day out. King notes she may never be able to see her work outside her studio. In this light, the exhibition will serve, in many ways, as a potent offering: bringing the artist’s personal workplace to the world as she breaks down space to its simplest most universal terms of points, dimensions and planar surfaces.
The artist, who is fascinated by the psychology embedded within spatial awareness, explores perception as well
as technical subjects. This collection is the equivalent of a battlefield where literal awareness can be mischievous, and space itself can give birth to fears and anxieties.
King’s achromatic works, which represent her ultimate pictorial and conceptual experiment, have been
rendered in a neutral palette of blacks, whites, greys and beiges. Here the subjects are depicted in a variety of mediums, and can all be traced back to the artist’s interaction with both space and consciousness: each work is a narrative of how each of us perceives space and reality in different measures.
- DIMENSIONAL ANALOGUE | LAST RITES GALLERY, NYC, NY. 2016
'Dichotomize' Graphite & charcoal on paper 46" x 32" 2015