Opening in the Small Dog Gallery
Saturday 1 March 2 – 3.30pm
The first thing that catches your eye with Reece James King’s work is the painting technique; he has a strong and mature drawing hand that is very distinctive. It embraces the paradox of no control, but then total control of that. There is a sense of knowing exactly what’s taking place; yet ironically, knowing he does not know, therefore not affirming ‘I Am’ but asking Am I? Everything in each painting is there for a reason, a purpose, it is all relative. Everything that is put down on to the canvas is painted with a raw immediacy, that is King’s painting vernacular.
Am I is a series about the rejection of the system dictating the norm, and the predetermined thinking of the morals that have built up in the New Zealand art world. He is not only concerned with the image or the what, but more so with the form, and the how; asking why through how not what. The works create a sense of revealing something that has to be revealed and encourages the audience to overthink and overanalyse what is happening; taking them on their own journey of discovery.