Virtual Visions is an exhibition of computer generated prints. These are virtual photographs ofimaginary worlds densely populated by surreal shapes and spaces, generated entirely with softwarewritten by Mike King and colleague Richard Wright. The objects are both organic and mechanical,non-human and yet human in their appeal, and are bathed in a surreal light that is both familiar and strange.
King is interested in the metaphysics of the digital domain, in particular with what he calls the 'priorgiven' of space and light. He points out that light was essential in the growth of science, in the use ofthe telescope and microscope, and has also brought us to the 'end of science', the paradoxical worldof modern physics. 'There is no escape,' he says, 'The physics of light brings the subjective backinto science: through the wave/particle duality, quantum mechanics, and the ultimate physical absurdity of the invariance of the speed of light. It is invariant with respect to you, as an individual.You are back in the picture.'
Whatever the metaphysics of space and light Virtual Visions explores their fundamentals with an exuberance and a dynamic of composition that draw the observer into them.
1973 Graduated from Tama Art University
1985-86 The fellowship under the Japanese Government Oversea training Program for Artists (Columbia University Graduate School, USA)
1979, 88 International Triennial of Original Colored Graphics in Grenchen <'79 The Highest Prize, '88 Invited>
1980, 82 Norwegian International Print Biennial <'82 The Highest Prize>
1983 The World Print Four <the Special Edition Purchase>(California)
1989 International Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana <The Klagenfurt Prize>
1990 Kochi International Triennial Exhibition <Fourth Prize>
1991 Osaka Triennial of Print Art Exhibition <Special Prize>
1992 Tama Grand Prix Exhibition <Grand Prix>
1994 Cracow International Print Triennial (Poland)
1997 International Print Exhibition <Purchase Prize Award of Portland Art Museum> Oregon, U.S.A.
1995-98 Japanese graphic (Vilnius, Lithuania)
(Kaliningrad, Russia)(Olomouc, Sternberk, Prague, Czech)(Brussel, Belgium)
: The National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo, Japan)/British Museum/Norway
National Gallery/Bradford Art Galleries and Museums (England)/The Cleveland
Museum of Art/Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts
Theme : I want to express the principal of Space World naturally.
King Virtual Visions (Digital Fine Art