Hi, I’m Jp King.

I am an interdisciplinary artist, designer, and writer, living in Toronto.


I like to ask questions about waste, the world of objects, archives, labour, productivity, and speculative futures.



I am particularly curious about the distance between the desirable object and discarded object, and how we relate to both.



My work has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, OCAD University, The Banff Centre, The Art Gallery of York University, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council, and The Canada Council for the Arts.



My research and creation most often take the form of print, performance lecture, exhibition, and film.


Currently, I am writing a book that applies design principles to simple living.

By revealing the architecture of decision-making, I hope to help others focus on what matters most.



Sometimes I illustrate and design things for clients like Penguin, Fast Company, Oxford University Press, and CalArts.


My creative process is iterative, exploratory, and dynamic. It focuses on collecting, transforming, and displaying.

Through both work in the field and studio-as-lab I use metaphor as a method of inquiry and understanding.


My most recent project was the sensory ethnographic film “Solid Waste”.



Since 2008, I have run an experimental publishing laboratory called Paper Pusher.



Using a Risograph RP 3700, I collaborate with individuals and organizations to explore the boundaries of print communication.



With my wife, Kirsten McCrea, I co-direct and design the art subscription Papirmass.



Every month, we send art prints to thousands of subscribers around the world.

Papirmass is convenient, curated, and collectible. It’s as regular as a bill, but infinitely better!



My creative process is iterative, exploratory, and dynamic. It focuses on collecting, transforming, and displaying. Through both work in the field and studio-as-lab I use metaphor as a method of inquiry and understanding.



Through the Nomadic Residency Council, I invent alternative residencies, like the Airline-Artist-in-Residence, Gourmet-Conversationalist-in-Residence, and Failure-in-Residence.



The Nomadesk is a mobile writer’s residency that transforms the act of authorship from private to public.



In everything I do, I mashup, montage, juxtapose, and collage. On some days, I still use scissors and glue.

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Ultimately, I am driven to use art and design to stage social, aesthetic, and cultural experiments, with the hope of creating tools that can be used in the repair of our civilization.

 

Some details about my recent activities:

My research and creation has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, OCAD University, The Banff Centre, The Art Gallery of York University, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and The Canada Council for the Arts.
I recently completed my SSHRC-Funded Graduate Research at OCAD U, where I was a President’s Scholar. My thesis was titled: “What is it Like to be a Landfill?” and it was complimented by an experimental documentary film, Solid Waste. Together, through moving image and text, I investigated what I have termed “discard culture” through compassionate phenomenology and surrealist ethnography.

I often teach, facilitate, run workshops, and give performance lectures.

I speak about subjects, like:

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I have given presentations to Toronto City Council, students at the University of Guelph, Toronto, Waterloo, and more, and I’ve been a guest speaker at both the Vancouver and Toronto Art Book Fairs. Currently, I teach in the Integrated Design program at the Halliburton School of Art and Design.

Get in touch if you want to talk about a project, book me to speak, or have a general inquiry: j.peter.king {at} gmail.com

 

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