David King

I am compelled to represent ideas and images through material accumulation and manipulation. The objects and installations 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 have defined that world. By keeping my source content diverse and varied, cross-fertilization allows the work to stay unencumbered and sometimes unexpected.


David King makes objects, installations, and drawings that blur categorization while addressing the transiency of human perception. After earning an MFA from Tyler School of Art, King presented as an Emerging Artist at the 42nd Annual Glass Art Society Conference in Toledo, Ohio and was awarded a fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America at WheatonArts, in Millville, New Jersey. 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 Tyler School of Art, Temple University 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 University of the Arts in Philadelphia.