JP King is an artist, designer, and educator with a career crisscrossing artistic, scholarly, and commercial terrains. The founder of Paper Pusher, a Risograph-driven publication laboratory and design studio, JP is currently the Creative Director of Papirmass, an innovative subscription service that delivers art prints to subscribers all over the world. He holds an
interdisciplinary MFA from OCAD University, where he was 2015 President’s Scholar. His documentary film and research concerning discard culture and the world of waste has been supported by SSHRC, and The Banff Centre, and was nominated for a Governor General’s Innovation Award. Drawing inspiration from heroic modernist architecture and modular approaches to spatial problem-solving, JP’s ongoing series of isometric designs play with depth, pushing the flat plane of the printed page into three dimensions. Utilizing the unique Risograph printing technique requires one to embrace imperfection, unexpected texture, and surprising colour combinations. Altogether, the visual effect is somewhat nostalgic, yet simultaneously utopian and forward-looking. The structures are playful and intended to feel like a designer’s dreams: whimsical, complex, elegant. He was one of fourteen artists and designers whose work was exhibited as part of “FORM Together”, a collaborative hoarding exhibit developed in partnership with OCAD University and Tridel.
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