PRISME is pleased to invite The Dot Project to present VAGUE / VAGUE, David Matthew King’s first solo exhibition in Europe.
In VAGUE / VAGUE, featuring a selection of ‘acrylic on unprimed canvas’ paintings and works on paper, the California born and raised artist continues to develop his strict vocabulary of forms combined with a commanding use of colour. King unleashes his creative freedom by combining his poetic sense of rhythm and elision with self-imposed constraints. The artist limits his palette to predominantly elementary colours with the deliberate omission of pure black and pure white. This constellation of solid coloured, humble components suggests the reduction of art to its basic material elements. The simplicity of the form is played down by a deceptive form of mark making: scraping and scrubbing acrylic paint into raw canvas in repeating forms until they billow or leap from the natural ground. King stages oppositions between clear contours of forms and freshness of the unprimed canvas, that left in the raw material state becomes absolutely necessary in the same way silence is necessary to music, conversation, thought or reflection.