East Bay artist Kathleen King makes paintings and painted sculpture using wood found in urban streets, building sites and dumpsters. The artist creates an abstract vocabulary of spray painted markings, gradated color and a blunt geometry that explores the relationship of the urban environment to the emotions and behavior of individuals.
Inspired by the Situationists’ practice of psychogeography, King wanders through the city’s environs communing in earnest empathy with phenomena and objects encountered, cultivating an awareness of the ways in which the built environment controls and conditions its’ inhabitants. King’s investigation of the visual lexicon and grammatical forms of East Bay neighborhoods in transition forms the basis of her painted constructions. Her translation and mediation of the experience into bright minimalist barricades ironically offers possibilities for connection, optimism, and openness.
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.