DEBRIS: Joshua Nissen King


DEBRIS new paintings by Joshua Nissen King

May 28 – June 22, 2014

Opening reception Saturday, May 31, 7-10 pM

Artist Statement

Stacked high like unkempt files, memories pile around my mind, their dusty tabs beckoning further investigation.

My new works explore the idea of memory as debris and the inevitable artificiality that interferes with the natural landscape. Just as my mind was once a pure space, it is now cluttered with remnants of past experiences that carry with them visual and emotional weight defined by different moments throughout my life.

The real and unreal blend together as my imagination is confronted with past experiences and the landscape that they occupy becomes an amalgamation of unbridled imaginative youth blended with re-occurring references to the physical world. Both the figure and the loose clustering of artificial objects create a complimentary dialog with each other and the environment in spite of initially appearing as intrusive.

Here the landscape is akin to a young child’s messy room, wherein even a jumble of mundane memories can take on the most magical form.

– Joshua Nissen King

About the artist

Joshua Nissen King was born in Biloxi, Mississippi and raised in northern California. He currently resides in San Francisco as a professional artist and is the co-founder and director of Merchants of Reality.  He received his B.F.A from California State University San Francisco in 2010 and is a graduate of the Oxbow School of the Arts. King is a prolific artist who actively exhibits his work throughout California. His work stems from an underlying investigation in the world he lives in through a love of nature, a love of imagination, and a thirst for more.