Jonah King

Jonah King is an interdisciplinarity artist exploring human/nonhuman relations and speculative futures. Their multifaceted world-building projects examine how ecological intimacies influence individual and social identity.




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Hesse Flatow at EXPO Chicago

Fair Booth


Hesse Flatow Gallery returns to Chicago with a two-person presentation featuring paintings and works on paper by Kirsten Deirup paired with a virtual reality film and sculptural work by Jonah King, both addressing how AI technologies expand one’s perception and bodily experience of the greater ecosystem through their works.⁠ Booth 157.

Navy Pier⁠
600 E Grand Ave⁠
Chicago IL 60611⁠

Thursday, April 11 -  ⁠Sunday, April 14 

Images: Installation view, HESSE FLATOW at EXPO Chicago, 2024. Photo: Mikhail Mishin

Leisure Sports: How The West Was Won at Rockford Art Museum

Solo Museum Exhibition


From sandcastles and relic-like sculptures to an immersive three-channel video, Jonah King’s exhibition, How the West Was Won, reveals unique relationships among geologic time, colonialism, climate change, and golf. King’s exhibition purposefully shares the title of the 1962 ultra-widescreen American western film, which opens with this narration: “This land has a name today and is marked on maps. But the names and the marks and the land all had to be won. Won from nature and from primitive man”. This film and unnerving quote about westward expansion contextualizes the entire exhibition—not just in the artwork’s content but also its mediums. For instane, King’s stunning ultra-wide video projection directly references the format of the original film, but in the place of gallant cowboys trailblazing western trails there are two older white men, in casual sports attire, playing an eternal round of golf in the middle of the Mojave Desert—a foreboding foreshadow of the consequences of climate change. Like two ghosts, the golfers seem to be forever destined to haunt the barren landscape, not with rattling chains, but with swinging golf clubs.
Rockford Art Museum is proud to host New Genres Art Space presenting Jonah King: How The West Was Won. This exhibition and its related educational programming are sponsored by Lisa and Mark Lindman. Exhibition-related materials are supported in-part by a grant from Rockford Area Arts Council.

Exhibition Listing

Is There Golf in Heaven? Sarah Aziz and Adam Farcus in discussion on Jonah King’s exhibition How the West was Won - Sixty Inches from Center 

Bodies of Water

Video Installation, Theatre, Participatory


Bodies of Water is a four-channel video exhibition and theatrical work created under the guise of Ira Dean, a fictional video artist who dissapeard 10 years ago on a voyage to the North Atlantic Garbage Patch. Every evening, the exhibition becomes a responsive theatrical performance led by curator Jan Kavanagh (Una Kavanagh), Ira Dean's former assistant and romantic partner...
The mystery of her disappearance has haunted Jan for the last decade. Was it an accident? A tragedy? A hoax? We join her as she searches for clues in the surviving artworks.

Developed in collaboration with Maeve Stone and Eoghan Carrick, with sound design by Frank Sweeny, Bodies of Water premiered at the Dublin Fringe Festival in September 2019.  

Co-created with Eoghan Carrick, Maeve Stone, Úna Kavanagh.
Performed by Úna Kavanagh
Video Performance - Maria Oxley Boardman, Maeve O’Mahony
Sound Design
Frank Sweeney
Costume Design
Maeve Stone
Lighting Design
Eoghan Carrick and Cillian MacNamara
Text compiled by 
Maeve Stone
Aisling Ormonde
Production Manager
Sean Dennehy
Stage Manager
Zoe Reynolds
Assistant Directors
Kevin Michael Reed, Annachiara Vispi
Set Construction
Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, Ivan Pelaez
Photography Alex Gill

Dublin Fringe 2019

Nominated for Best Audio Visual Design Dublin Fringe Festival Awards.

Supported by
The Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Corn Exchange Theatre Company, Hesse Flatow New York, Dublin City Council, The Samuel Beckett Centre and MAKE Artist Residency. Developed at FRINGE LAB.