BY TERRI PROVENCAL
PORTRAIT BY JUSTIN CLEMONS
ARTIST JOSHUA KING AND NYC GALLERIST CHARLIE GROSSO
DEVISE A PLAN TO PREPARE A TWO-CITY SHOW.
urator, gallery director, chocolate cake-lover, possible spy,
adventurer, playwright, artist, and photographer Charlie
Beyond his description as a photographer and mixed-media
artist, Joshua King is an instigator and organizer. With his signature
long, salty beard, incongruous with his youthful face, the co-founder of Aurora, a biannual art festival featuring large-scale light
installations in the Dallas Arts District, is already one of the most
intriguing figures on the local art scene. King embraces Duchamp’s
SECRET AGENT MAN
readymade resourcefulness with Claes Oldenburg’s humor and
then combines them with Warholian repetition to execute his own
artwork noted for its clean modern aesthetic.
In Harpoon, King tackles the division of quantum physics
through a selection of mundane objects and handmade sculptures
that build on top of one another. Using monochromatic colors, and
a repetitive form, they delicately compose into a sublime wonder. In
this tale of two cities, opposing realities occur with each distinct
show reflecting the afflictions of the different cities. On the East
Coast, Baang + Burne is offering King’s small-scale works, though
large in impact, reflecting the spatial challenges of New Yorkers.
In King’s hometown, large site-specific installations will reflect the
vast expanse that is Dallas.
Why the exhibit title? “In our four-year history, the gallery has
always come up with the name for the show.” She adds: “I would have
continued in the gallery tradition and come up with a show title that
is inspired by a song or an album title.” This time, however, King
Joshua King with his installation Two Hydrogen One Oxygen, 2012, urethane foam, steel & acrylic