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Feb
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JP King : ‘Hobbies in the New Kingdom’ Series (Collage)

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‘Hobbies in the New Kingdom’ documents the activities of the various
characters in a forthcoming novella – ‘Cookie Crumbs Lead to Ovens’.

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‘The Pants Sisters’
Paper on Paper
JP King
2010
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‘Safe As Drinking Water’
Paper on Paper
JP King
2010
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‘My Secret Trombone Song’
Paper on Paper
JP King
2010
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‘When The Music Went Pink’
Paper on Paper
JP King
2009
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‘Joshua Barndt’
Paper on Paper
JP King
2008
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‘It Took a Lot of Energy to Make Wind’
Paper on Paper
JP King
2009
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I work primarily in the mediums of collage, text, print-based multiples and occasionally with relational/installation-based projects. I focus heavily on story-telling techniques that attempt to unpack popular Canadian & American mythologies in whimsical and historically slippery ways. Seeing the collage original not as an end, but instead as a means to a final print, I often enlarge my works to make visible the delicacy of the paper and ink used in a specific era of source imagery. Through my digital process the original becomes an inexhaustible plate from which variable prints will be pulled.

In my collages, the grotesque and awkward gestures of the human body are emphasized through remixing body types, bits, features, and limbs, while seeking a beauty only found in discomfort. With nostalgia I hope to elicit unfolding family myths that can be recounted to a point of fiction. I use language as a painter uses a palette. I rely on absurdity to refrain from finger-pointing at what upsets me in the world. Humour becomes a practical device to deliver a softened sadness and emptiness that I know from wrestling with myself. In trying to understand my own masculinity, relationships, and fragmentary family unit, I’m carrying, and laying to rest, a few feelings around heroship and failure. [AS]

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JP King : Website

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2 Responses to “JP King : ‘Hobbies in the New Kingdom’ Series (Collage)”


  1. February 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Pretty impresive work!


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