Scott King

How I'd Sink American Vogue | London, South Kensington | digital print, paperclip, sellotape and shoe, in twelve parts | 27.5 x 20.5cm

"What struck me about Scott was that he could express, in a pop manner, ideas writers needed whole books to explain."

historian Matt Worley

Political and often humorous, artist Scott King’s work incorporates elements of advertising, protest and dissent to address the issues of his time. As an undergraduate student at the Hull College of Art, King covertly replaced existing posters at the school with ones that read “No Posters Allowed on These Doors (This Is Not a Poster),” which alarmed both students and school administrators. His 2008 exhibition, “Marxist Disco (Cancelled),” at Kunstverein München, in Munich, featured a large screenprint on canvas of Cher dressed as Che Guevara. At nearly 10 feet long, Pink Cher dominated the space, acknowledging our fixation on celebrity culture and political iconography. “There certainly is a sincere political motivation and strategy in his work, but he also tries to spice it up with some pop and some fun,” Steve Kalmar, Director of Kunstverein Munich, told VernissageTV at the exhibition’s opening.

In 2013, King released the limited-edition single, "You're My Favourite Artist," a comment on sychophancy and phoniness in the contemporary art world. Oliver Basciano writes in Art Review: “King’s approach to this culture is Warholian in its celebratory, unironic use of motifs from popular consciousness, but he satirizes the growing dependence on frivolous commodity, which comes at the price of any sense of social identity.” (Art Review, Dec. 1, 2010)

In this way, King is part of a long tradition of the artist-as-jester and provocateur, calling attention to the excesses of modern life through his text-based works and visually arresting sculptures. "I'm no intellectual," King told The Guardian in a 2010 interview, "but I do my best. At worst, I'll get the gist of some Walter Benjamin and make it into pop crap.”

King grew up in Goole, later serving as art director of i-D. He lives and works in London.

Additional sources:

Matt Worley interview in The Guardian:

Vernissage TV:

Oliver Basciano, Art Review, Dec. 1, 2010.

Herald Street:  

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