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Kirtley King

Member since 2008


Kirtley King MFA

Born in Oildale and thankfully not there.

Got lucky enough to go to school to learn art stuff… now get to do this and that is cool.


I make art.

My medium is photography.

The work is best summed up in this quote…


“The Photograph is an extended, loaded evidence — as if it caricatured not the figure of what it represents (quite the converse) but its very existence ... The Photograph then becomes a bizarre (i)medium(i), a new form of hallucination: false on the level of perception, true on the level of time: a temporal hallucination, so to speak, a modest (o)shared(i) hallucination (on the one hand 'it is not there,' on the other 'but it has indeed been'): a mad image, chafed by reality.”



This quote might also do that…


“Ultimately, Photography is subversive not when it frightens, repels, or even stigmatizes, but when it is pensive, when it thinks.”

Also R Barthes



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