King’s body of work postulates on the language, or rather the limits of the language of objects. Rooted in an on-going relationship with particular materials, King’s work posits the material as medium as a means to negate finite understanding of objecthood through methods of stacking, repeating, and redacting. This exhibition showcases a series of expanding questions around objects such as cds and records, which King repurposes – offering new forms of looking. The site-specific Wormhole drawing in the main gallery explicitly links relationships between objects, materials, forms of hand labour and use value; as the drawings are a series of overlapped tracings of records, such as those used in the sculptural work below. Weaving together the traces of the objects on the floor, with King’s own labour the wormhole drawings offer yet another system of value measurement, of use-less time.
Eleanor King is currently based in New York where she is a MFA candidate and Fulbright fellow at SUNY Purchase. Previously, King taught at NSCAD University and was Director at Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. King received a BFA from NSCAD in 2001, and participated in residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and The Banff Centre among others. She has recieved creation grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia, and was short-listed for the 2012 Sobey Art Award. King has exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Nuit Blanche Toronto, and Galleri F15 in Norway. Her work is slated for a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in January 2015 and highlighted in a feature-length article in Canadian Art magazine, September 2014.