King appropriates cheap, low-fi materials from urban and semi-urban space that he constructs into sculptural form. This is built up to propose architectural vistas and panorama shot through with geometric and futuristic qualities. Within disorientating compositions of towers, platforms and crawl spaces lie discarded traces from the city and its edge zones. Bits of wire, beer cans, plastic soldiers and newspaper cuttings that appear reminiscent of counters on a game board, circulate on invisible pathways within the larger system. King often draws on the surface of forms with repeat diagrammatic shapes. These patterns, that evoke camouflage markings, ricochet throughout and invest the structure with identity. King’s hermetic environments appear to explore the erosion of space, between public and private, city and country. As with Science fiction, the dystopian aspect of his work presents a mirror that reflects on our own 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?

April 2019