Clive King drawings come to UNCP

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“Clive King: The Chaos Machines” opens Monday at the A.D. Gallery.

Courtesy photo

PEMBROKE — Visual artist Clive King is bringing his larger-than-life drawings to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s A.D. Gallery.

“Clive King: The Chaos Machines” will be on view at the A.D. Gallery Monday through through Oct. 28. A reception and gallery talk will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in the A.D. Gallery.

“King’s drawings overwhelm the viewer with an onslaught of visual detail, and his work is embedded with psychological content and human vulnerability. He strives to engage the viewer both physically and emotionally by exploring the uneasy relationship between landscape and industry, cultural erosion, cultural synthesis and the evocation of a sense of place,” a statement announcing the free exhibit saids.

Critics have called King’s drawings “madly crammed with coded references” and “mysterious … in spite of their very physical presence.”

“I wish to demonstrate that in physical scale, depth, and intensity drawing can involve the spectator in an equal physical and emotional engagement. Although some of the most vital and evocative visual images in historical and contemporary art have been produced through the medium of drawing, it is still regarded as a subsidiary medium. Drawing is still generally seen as a support practice, or preparatory stage in the production of fully realized artwork executed in mediums such as painting and sculpture, rarely as an end in itself,” King said.

Many of King’s works are 9 feet tall and 3 to 20 feet wide without frames or glass. King says he presents his works that way because his “interest lies more in illusion than physicality.”

“I would like them to float like wafers on the wall — without weight they can push you back or suck you in,” he said.

In addition to large scale drawings, the exhibition includes a series of colored ink drawings on wood which are assembled into a ziggurat.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the UNCP Art Department will hold a two-day intensive drawing workshop open to students and the public on Wednesday and Thursday.

For information on the gallery, the exhibition, the workshop or King, contact A.D. Gallery Director Nancy Palm at 910-775-4264 or

“Clive King: The Chaos Machines” opens Monday at the A.D. Gallery.“Clive King: The Chaos Machines” opens Monday at the A.D. Gallery. Courtesy photo

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