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King Farish
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick



ARTIST STATEMENT: The origin of this body of work is in compression and tension, growth and decay, and how these and other processes shape built environments. The specific locations for the beginning of each painting vary widely from a row of abandoned houses in Brooklyn (Admirals Row, Brooklyn Navy Yard, 2009) to the swamps of the Niger Delta (Oil Rivers, 2010). What pulls them together are shared themes such as: land use and ownership, expoloitation of people and natural resources, and how people relate to the architecture (when applicable vernacular architecture) and the built environments they live in. A wide variety of materials are used to stain, grind, and write; this process builds up layer upon layer until the structure and surface of each work reveals a sense of place.
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ARTIST RESUME:


American, born.
King spent his first 16 years in Alabama and is a self-taught artist.
He started with street photography in Chicago in 2000.
Over the next couple years he shot in cities such as Baltimore, Detroit, London and New York.
In 2003 he moved towards painting. The current paintings started in 2006.
King is based in Brooklyn and has a studio in Bushwick.

Affiliations
Artists Space Irving Sandler Artists File
Brooklyn Arts Council
CUE Foundation
New York Foundation for the Arts
  
Selected Shows
September 2009
Paintings in Public Places, Street Installations
3 Paintings in Chelsea, 1 Painting in SoHo
New York City, NY

November 2008 - January 2009
Group Show, Works on Paper
Clareo Partners
Chicago, IL

October 2007
3 person show, President’s Gallery, Chicago State University, Paintings
Joyce Owens, Curator
Chicago, IL
 
December 2006
Silent Auction hosted by Clareo Partners, Paintings
Partial funds raised provided art supplies and instruction for ORR High School
Chicago, IL
 
October 2006
You’re a Great Beauty Group Show – Chicago Artist Month, Baltazar Castillo Studio, Paintings
Chicago, IL
 
June 2006
Red Hook Open Studios, Coffee Park Artists Collective, Group Show, Paintings
Brooklyn, NY
 
January 2004
Toledo Friends of Photography 7th Biennial Exhibition, University of Toledo, Center for the Visual Arts
Albert Chong, Juror
Toledo, OH
 
October 2003
Abstraction 2003, The Stage Gallery, Paintings
Long Island, NY
 
May 2003
Westmorland Art Nationals, 29th Annual Exhibition, Black and White Photography Award
Youngwood, PA
 
February 2003
Around the Coyote - Curators Choice Exhibition, Photography
Chicago, IL
 
August 2002
Photo National, Lancaster Museum of Art
Theresa Mulligan - Curator of Photography at the George Eastman House, Juror
Lancaster, PA

Reviews
THE ARTPOINT
KING FARISH: AN ART OF SKIN AND BONE
February 5, 2010
Interview by Philip Clark
http://theartpoint.blogspot.com

Commissions and Publications
2006
Furnari and Levine LLP, Paintings
New York, NY
 
Spring 2003
Places Magazine, Photography of the Modern Nomad
 








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