Matthew King

Region: Northeast

City / State: Boston, MA

I make paintings that defy easy categorization and function as both pictures and sculptures. These works are physically constructed objects that occupy space and insist on spatial presence. The wall becomes the crucial element—a defining element of the painting. Whether they lean on the wall, hang on the wall, or sit in front of the wall, they are paintings. The wall creates a kind of demilitarized zone between the thing and the viewer. You can nail a chair to the wall and it will demand the consideration that only a painting can. I’m interested in that space—placing an object in the room like a piece of furniture, but maintaining a dictative control on perspective.