Eri King was born in Kagoshima, Japan, in 1986. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art & Art History at University of Las Vegas, Nevada, and her Master of Fine Arts in Painting at Hunter College in 2018. She currently works and live in Brooklyn, NY. King is one half of collaborative art duo, ERIDAN, with NY based artist, Daniel Greer. She was a co-founder/co-curator of artist-run spaces 5th Wall Gallery and Project Space in the Emergency Arts, Las Vegas. She has had solo exhibitions at Winchester Gallery in Las Vegas, NV, Lower East Side’s Miranda Kuo Gallery in Manhattan, NY, and Shiro Oni Studio in Gunma, Japan.
King is a conceptual artist working in various modes such as installation, sculpture, textile, drawing, video, sound, and painting. She draws on the vast reservoir of the banal, unnoticed, and repetitive actions as a way to increase visibility and perceived value of these overlooked aspects of lived experience. Often exploring her own lens as a first generation immigrant of mixed Asian heritage raised in Las Vegas, her conceptual framework examines the interconnectedness of seemingly disparate subjects and cultural narratives as a way to unpack the associations and perspectives of established American customs. Working out of a syncretic methodology of disciplines, King’s assemblages of cultural references, everyday materials, detritus, and time- intensive hand-made processes utilize deconstruction as a means to look at something familiar in a new frame.
Excerpt from “Healthy People are Bad For Capitalism” by Eri King
“I am the homeopathic healer, the mad scientist, and an artist that takes a contradictory path as a way to reach a deeper understanding of the truth. Though facts creates norms, this alternative space aims to create illumination. In Werner Herzog’s manifesto, Lessons of Darkness, he states “Facts sometimes have a strange and bizarre power that makes their inherent truths unbelievable… There is such things as poetic and ecstatic truth. It is mysterious and elusive, and can be reached only through fabrication, imagination, and stylization”