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10 x 4 – Scott King

Image: Scott King, A Balloon for Britain, 2012, Digital print, 45 x 30 cm / 17.7 x 11.8 in courtesy the artist and Herald St, London


As a designer for pop and fashion magazines such as i-D and Sleazenation as well as cover artworks for Suicide, Pet Shop Boys, Earl Brutus, and Morrissey, British artist Scott King made a name for himself on the tension between pop culture and politics. Since the mid-nineties he is working as a visual artist, always criticizing the debasement of political symbols. On June 2nd he’ll be presenting his latest exhibition ‘Finish The Work That You’ve Started’ with new works at Herald Street Gallery in London.

1. What goes in your coffee?
Safe Milk.

2. An album that changed the way you thought?
I don’t think there is one, but the nearest was perhaps Don’t Stand Me Down by Dexys Midnight Runners.

3. If you were still in high school, which clique would you belong to?
A clique of one – too scared to be arty, too arty to get a job.

4. What does underground and mainstream mean to you?
Pre and Post popularity.

5. Favorite place to create?
Any pub, traditionally.

6. Raging, or chilling out?
I would never use words like that!

7. What do you think of this song?

I want it played at my funeral. That and ‘Take No Heroes’ by The Redskins.

8. Indispensable outfit?
Lee Brilleaux‘s stained white suit. I’d swap my home for that. Not that I could get in it … the suit I mean.

9. Do you believe in the paranormal?
No – but my mother-in-law, a great pragmatist, believes her (very old) house is haunted … so I’m not sure. That said, my mum came to visit the other day and started telling me that her friend has a ghost called Norman and that he lives in a clock in her kitchen. The way my mum told this story – at great length – made me think that Norman might just be the most boring ghost in Britain – and that he may even just be a faulty clock. So, I probably don’t believe in the paranormal really.

10. Together, or alone?
I always want the opposite to what I have.


The exhibition ‘Finish The Work That You’ve Started’ by Scott King is open to the public from 2nd June to 8th July 2012. Find more information at Herald St website.

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Published June 01, 2012.