Elizabeth King: Studio, Things Found, Things Made

January 12 – February 25, 2006


Kent Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Elizabeth King—Studio: Things Found, Things Made. The exhibition constitutes a small retrospective, selected to demonstrate the cascading sequence by which her pieces evolve from an initial sculptural object to its film animation to installations that explore variations in the presentation of sculpture and film together. Included will be King’s 1991 jointed figure Pupil (on loan from the Hirshhorn) shown with the animations and photographs that she has made with it, as well as her most recent sculpture, a miniature hand carved out of boxwood shown with a stop-frame animation of the piece (which the artist created working with one of the animators for Tim Burton’s film Corpse Bride).

The exhibition also invites the viewer into King’s “laboratory.” It includes an array transported from King’s studio and reinstalled in the gallery: her glass eye collection, wax studies of facial expressions, paper templates, jigs, photographic studies of posed sculptures, lenses and other optical devices, and even a selection of antique wooden mannequins restored by the artist.

Elizabeth King’s work is in the permanent collections of the Hirshhorn Museum, the Los Angeles
County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. She has received several distinguished awards, including a fellowship from the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute (now the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study) at Harvard and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work has been seen in numerous solo and group exhibitions, most recently in Brides of Frankenstein, curated by Marcia Tanner for the San Jose Museum of Art.