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Installation View

Installation View

Installation View

Elizabeth King

Elizabeth King

Untitled, 1991-94

bronze, glass eyes

6 x 3 x 4 inches

#1 of 4 variants

 

Installation View

Elizabeth King

Elizabeth King

Compass, 1999/2004

installation: carved wood (holly), magnetic mechanical drive, fiber optics, lacquered wood cabinet

overall 74 x 25 x 16 inches

 

Installation View

Installation View

Elizabeth King

Elizabeth King

Compass, 1999/2004

installation: carved wood (holly), magnetic mechanical drive, fiber optics, lacquered wood cabinet

overall 74 x 25 x 16 inches

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Elizabeth King

Elizabeth King

Grolleg Head, 1988-89

low-fired Grolleg porcelain, unique

5.5 x 3.5 x 4.5 inches

 

Elizabeth King

Grolleg Head, 1988-89

low-fired Grolleg porcelain, unique

5.5 x 3.5 x 4.5 inches

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Elizabeth King

Elizabeth King

Portrait of Mimi, 1985-92

porcelain, wood, cast acrylic eyes

4 x 2.75 x 3 inches

 

Elizabeth King

Elizabeth King

Wax Study, 1985/2005

wax

4.75 x 3.25 x 4.5 inches

 

Elizabeth King

Elizabeth King

Myself with Other Eyes, 1987-88

low-fired porcelain, glass eyes

5.5 x 3.25 x 3.75 inches

 

Elizabeth King

Elizabeth King

Quizzing Glass, 1988-2005

Cast acrylic, wood, brass, stop-frame animation, fiber optics, lacquered wood cabinet

Cabinet: 24 x 19 x 23"; Eyeball 3/4" diameter

 

Elizabeth King

Quizzing Glass, 1988-2005

Cast acrylic, wood, brass, stop-frame animation, fiber optics, lacquered wood cabinet

Cabinet: 24 x 19 x 23"; Eyeball 3/4" diameter

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Elizabeth King

Elizabeth King

Bartlett's Hand, 2005

Carved wood (English boxwood), brass, stop-frame animation, computer and LCD monitor

27 1/2 x 14 1/8 x 19 inches

 

Elizabeth King

Elizabeth King

Bartlett's Hand, 2005

Carved wood (English boxwood), brass, stop-frame animation, computer and LCD monitor

27 1/2 x 14 1/8 x 19 inches

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Elizabeth King

Compass

September 11 – October 10, 2015

 

The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions. - Cicero

 

"I am a sculptor," King resolutely declares. This is more than evident in her precisely rendered, clearly observed cast bronze and porcelain heads, most of which are self-portraits rendered at half-scale.  King, shy on the subject, has paraphrased artist Adrian Piper: Just because my work is autobiographical doesn’t mean it’s about me. Her “self” portraits are universally us.

 

The exhibition also includes sculpture installations that combine precisely movable figurative elements with stop-frame animation, blurring the boundary between actual and virtual object. Compass, the title of both the exhibition and a specific work, refers to the arc and range of King’s work over time, but also to the instrument by which one searches for direction – for the essence of self and that which is at the core of being. A compass is an object that even in its static state never truly stops moving – everything vibrates, everything trembles. I love the visceral evidence of impermanence, not in the object itself, but in its pose at any given moment.”[1]

 

King’s work is in permanent collections nationwide including the Hirshhorn Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She has received a 2014 Anonymous Was a Woman award, a 2006 Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a 2002-03 Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 1996-97 Fellowship in the Visual Arts at the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute, now the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University.

 

King earned BFA and MFA degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute. She was a professor of sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University from 1985 to 2015. She lives and works in Richmond, Virginia.

 

[1] King, Elizabeth in “Performing Sculpture: A Conversation with Elizabeth King,” Sculpture Magazine, July/August 2009.

Press

Artsy - Elizabeth King’s Hyperreal Sculptural Portraits Confront Selfhood
David Cohen's ARTCRITICAL PICK - Elizabeth King
9/28/2015
TimeOut NY - Top ten gallery exhibitions in September
Elizabeth King - Danese/Corey exhibition catalogue