Approved: 30.06.2008

Adam King

Artist, Maker

Approved: 30.06.2008

King constructs low-fi materials including cardboard and tape into sculptural form. Geometric, modular units are built up to propose architectural panorama with futuristic vibe. Choreographed amongst disorientating vistas of towers, platforms and crawl spaces are discarded traces from contemporary urban space and edge zones. Bits of wire, beer cans and newspaper cuttings appear reminiscent of game board counters as they circulate within the larger system. The surface of forms often reveal repeat pattern composed using stencils. These markings, that evoke a quality of camouflage, create a sense of movement as they ricochet in visual rhythms.  

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    King constructs low-fi materials including cardboard and tape into sculptural form. Geometric, modular units are built up to propose architectural panorama with futuristic vibe. Choreographed amongst disorientating vistas of towers, platforms and crawl spaces are discarded traces from contemporary urban space and edge zones. Bits of wire, beer cans and newspaper cuttings appear reminiscent of game board counters as they circulate within the larger system. The surface of forms often reveal repeat pattern composed using stencils. These markings, that evoke a quality of camouflage, create a sense of movement as they ricochet in visual rhythms.  

    King’s hermetic environments propose space within which reference and distinction between public and private, inner and outer and city and country are conflated and eroded. Taking a cue from dystopian Sci-fi the work presents a mirror that reflects contemporary fears. Where are we within these complex matrices of discarded stuff come back to haunt us? Who or what resides in and beyond the surface? And where does power lie?

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    CV & Education

    Adam King

    Born Norwich, Norwich, UK, Lives and works Norwich, UK 

    Address: 79, St Ann’s, Norwich Road, Stoke Holy Cross, Norwich, NR14 8NX                                        

    Tel: 07949902094

    Qualifications: (2001 - 3) MA Drawing, Wimbledon School of Art, London, (1991 - 4) BA Hons Painting, Brighton University, East Sussex 

    www.adamkingartist.net

    Selected Shows

    2019: Braga, Portugal, (residency and presentation), Concrete, St Margarets church, Norwich, UK, (group), GroundWork, Norfolk, (residency and group)

    2018: Rejuvenation, Shoe Factory, Norwich, UK, New suburbia flowers, Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, (solo) 

    2017: Space and light, Shoe Factory, Norwich (with UNA gallery), (group), Drawings for sculpture, 20 - 21 Visual Arts, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, (group)

    2016: Storm field, Canal gallery, London, (solo), Installation of collages, Merton College, Oxford University, Oxford, (solo), Roundabout the edge of the world, The Tea Lounge, Norwich, (solo)

    2015: justGather Film Festival, Edinburgh, (group)                                                                                        

    2014: We Live Together Like a Sky On Fire, Canal Projects, London, (solo), After the Sky Fell In, Burlington Gardens Projects Space, London, (solo), Room 90, Hackney Wick, London, (group), Public Windows program, Canary Wharf, London, (group), Enclosures, Canal gallery, London, (group) 

    2013: Rollercoastervista, Platform 39, Westland Place, London, (solo), De'Longhi/Macmillan show and auction, Royal College of Art, London, (group), Remix:Selections from the International Collage Centre, Katonah Museum of Contemporary Art and Tour, USA, (group)

    2012: Fairy Acid Rainbow, Noman Rea Gallery, University of York, Yorkshire, (solo) Rough Diamond Jubilee, Idea Store, Whitechapel, London, (solo)

    2011: Beyond Pattern, Oriel Davies and Tour, Wales and England, (group), The Man who fell to Earth, Jens Hills, Kingsland Road, London, (group), Badlands, London Art Fair (with Monika Bobinska gallery), London, (group)

    2010: Mudflats and Galaxy, Monika Bobinska Gallery, 242, Cambridge Heath Rd, London, (solo), Cosmic Mysteries, Galerie Espacio,Valencia, Spain, (group), Inspired by William Morris, William Morris Museum, Walthamstow, London, (group), Intimate Spaces, Galerie 8, Arthaus Building, Richmond Road, London, (group), Podium and Pandamonium, Nettie Horn, Vyner Str, London, (group)

    2009: The Solo Project Art Fair, Voltahalle, Basle, Switzerland, (solo), Macabre Masterpiece of Terror, Monika Bobinnska Gallery, London, (group), Pandamonium,(Commission for WWFund), Selfridges, Oxford Str, London, (group), Pulse Art Fair (with Pippy Houldsworth Gallery), The Ice Palace, Miami, USA, (group), Pulse Art Fair (with Monika Bobinska Gallery), Pier 40, Manhatten, New York, (group)

    2008: Ambivalent Landscape, Monika Bobinska Gallery, London, (solo),  Cosmopolis,(Adam King and Yutaka Inagawa), Houldsworth Gallery, London, (group), Macabre Masterpiece of Terror, Monika Bobinska gallery, (group), Heart of Glass, (Curated by Flora Fairbairn), Shoreditch Town Hall, London, (group), Pulse Art Fair (with Houldsworth Gallery), New York, USA, (group)

    2007: Distant Echo Wilderness, Lounge Gallery, London, (solo), Live Green, Die Pretty?, Culture House (Curated by Arts Co), London, (group), Salon 2007, Portobello Road, London, (group), V22 Collection:New Work, Ashwin Str, London, (group), Celeste Art Prize, Truman Brewery, London, (group)

    2006: Prairie, Contemporary Art Projects, London, (solo)

    2004: Open Winners show, Surface gallery, Nottingham, UK, (group)

    Awards:
    2004 - British Council Travel Award, British Council Collections

    Collections:

    Charles Saatchi
    V22, London
    WWFund
    International Collage Center, USA