Rory King’s work sits in the hybrid space between documentary practice and personal narratives fleshed out through emotive imagery. Primarily shooting his work in black and white, and driven by traditional photography techniques, King is interested in the dualities and juxtapositions of human experience, the unseen personalities living on the fringes of society, and the relationship between the sublime, and our psychological condition.
King was awarded the 2017 Glebe Art Show Photography Prize and was also named one of the up-and-coming artists of 2018 by Vogue Australia. He has shown strongly across his early career in group exhibitions, most recently in G L O S S (2017) at Stairwell Gallery, Could this all be it? (2017) at Cold Cuts Gallery, Sydney, and the Contemporary Centre for Photography Salon (2017).
In 2018 he will present his work in, ‘A Safer Place to Scream’ for the annual Clyde & Co Art Award in Sydney, Australia, and is currently working on a major body of work, ‘Opal: Pure Gift For The Holy Days’ , a year-long social documentary project exploring the decline of Australia’s opal mining industry and the individuals lives that have been affected by it.
Concerned with modes of fabricating and disseminating both intimate and grand narratives, King’s images fluctuate through the pairing of interior and exterior spaces, which metaphorically serve as a reflection of our expansive psychological mindsets.
The Dark Matter residency is designed to encourage all darkroom-based practice, with free and extended access to the darkroom (including chemicals) for the duration of the residency. The residency is intended to support the completion of a new body of work, to be exhibited at the conclusion of the residency in the PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery on November 2018.