Friday, December 05, 2008

Elizabeth King

From my review of Elizabeth King’s “The Sizes of Things in the Mind’s Eye” at Brown University’s Bell Gallery:
Visiting Elizabeth King's "The Sizes of Things In the Mind's Eye" at Brown University's Bell Gallery is a bit like visiting Dr. Frankenstein's lab — all glass eyes, artificial limbs, and automatons. And like a mad scientist, King concerns herself with the nature of life by focusing on the boundary between inanimate objects and living beings.

"Can I get you thinking about the inside of a small hollow thing in the shape of a head?" she has written of her lifelike, doll-like sculptures such as "Myself with Other Eyes," a pale porcelain self-portrait head with blue glass eyes. The back of the head is missing and inside it is hollow. "This is my subject: The mystery of what goes on in there. Somewhere in there is us. We are inside looking out."
Read the rest here.

Elizabeth King, “The Sizes of Things in the Mind’s Eye,” Brown University’s Bell Gallery, 64 College St., Providence, Nov. 8 to Dec. 21, 2008.

Pictured from top to bottom: Elizabeth King, installation view at Dartmouth College, 2008, photo by John Sherman; “Bartlett’s Hand,” 2005. Carved English boxwood, brass, stop-frame animation, dedicated computer and LCD monitor, collection of Robert and Karen Duncan, Lincoln, Nebraska, photo by Lynton Gardiner; and “untitled,” 1994-2004, porcelain, glass eyes, wood, metals, eye lashes, fiber optics, collection of Myron Kunin, Minneapolis, photo by Lynton Gardiner.


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