Today, Friday, October 7, 2016 Erika King will showcase her collection titled “Angels and Icons”, a series of art pieces which have been years in the making. Opening Friday, October 7 and continuing through October 28, “Angels and Icons” will be featured at Books & Books in Coral Gables.
King, who describes herself as being “brought to Miami by the Universe” has been documenting histories and telling stories through photographs and paint since the early 70s. In 1970, she came to Miami seeking to make her art in a warm climate, by the water, in a place with Latin flavor. When an opportunity came up in Miami she realized this could be her home. Decades later, she finds Miami has made her art more colorful.
Ms. King is better known for her commemorative, corporate, celebrity, family and sports collages. Ms. King has been commissioned to create collages to celebrate many of Miami’s milestones, including the Miami Centennial, University of Miami’s 75th, Miami City Ballet, Florida Grand Opera, the Miami Heat NBA championships and, most recently the Miami Beach Centennial and FIU’s 50th.
The on-going series of collages that form part of this new “Angels and Icons” collection has been going on for 25 years or so. While her main business is commissioned, she describes this series as being “art from the heart”, it’s more personal. Inspired by her belief in angels, King, created a collection of pieces that will give pleasure and joy to the viewer and stimulate their imagination. The intricacies of each collage will engage you and the whole series will evoke feelings of harmony and disorder alike.
In the exhibition, Ms. King pauses to focus on her more spiritual side, using fragments of iconic images of Angels, the Statue of Liberty, American Indians, Venus DeMilo, stamps, foreign currency, and Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe, inviting the viewers to muse upon the muses. With her signature splashes and gestures connecting the images, she evokes a feeling of nostalgia and peace in some, intensity and chaos in others. The many Chinese characters interspersed mean peace, love, harmony and joy, a message she desires to share.
To view the “Angels and Icons” collection visit Books & Books in Coral Gables (265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134) October 7, 2016 – October 28, 2016.
For more information about Ms. King and her works, visit ErikaKing.com