I am compelled to represent ideas and images through material accumulation and manipulation. The objects, installations and drawings are intended to invite participation and cultivate understanding but at the same time connote distortion, dissidence and confusion. I use light, glass and other materials to convey experiences that may be transient or disorientating. I intend to exploit the poetic potential of phenomena created by visual perception such as perspective and optical illusion. This work explores the connections between our collective understanding of the natural world and the avenues by which we experience and define that world.
More recent projects share a curiosity about how humans are engaged, physiologically, in the making of objects. I am particularly interested in the period of the Industrial Revolution and use it as an analogy for the Digital Revolution, our current situation, which is too fresh for anyone to evaluate objectively. By collaging the old and the new, the archaic and the avant-garde, I speculate that the promise of the future is lodged firmly within our best information about the past.
After earning an MFA from Tyler School of Art, David King presented as an Emerging Artist at the 42nd Annual Glass Art Society Conference in Toledo, Ohio. He was awarded a fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America at WheatonArts, in Millville, New Jersey in 2011. He was recently an Emerging Artist in Residence at the Pilchuck Glass School and participated as an inaugural Emerging Artist in Residence at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, UK. King has taught at the University of the Arts and the Ohio State University. His work has been shown internationally and is represented in New Glass Review 32, 34 and 35. He currently teaches at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia.