PLANNING CONSULTANTS | Joshua King & Shane Pennington

In June 2018, JTK Studios LLC and SP Studio LLC were brought on board as Planning Consultants for the Pioneer Tower Iconic Public Art Project based on their decade long experience presenting visionary artists’ work to the North Texas  community free of charge at the AURORA Biennial.  

In 2010, artists Joshua King and Shane Pennington co-founded Aurora with Veletta Forsythe Lill and serve as its managing and creative directors.  To date, the biennial event has attracted more than 170,000 visitors, and has commissioned and presented over 300 local and international artists. Aurora has expanded over the years from a small public arts organization to a multifaceted institution with the ability to give back to artists and creatives in the region.  Beginning in November 2020 through 2021, Aurora is presenting a variety of free, remote and socially-distanced events in response to COVID-19.

For the Pioneer Tower Iconic Public Art Project, King and Pennington worked with the City of Fort Worth’s architectural consultant to specify art infrastructure, including electric and data connections on all four sides of the tower to support powerful video projection equipment.  In addition, they produced a 3D scan of the tower that the commissioned artists are using to format their projection mapping video artworks. In Spring 2019, they presented qualifications of new media curators and facilitated the selection of DooEun Choi, who later recommended artists Refik Anadol and Quayola for the project. King and Pennington are coordinating technical aspects with them as their artworks are being developed in preparation for projection on the facades of Pioneer Tower in 2021.

Joshua King

Joshua King’s artwork brings new intensity and expression to sought-after objects that are grounded within our relationship to the everyday. His love for life and culture within a community lead him to being one of the founders of Aurora; a global biennial exhibition that presents the art of light, video and sound in public spaces. His artistic career has taken his work across America.  King’s work is known for using material that inspires him to redefine its purpose, including, household tools, sandpaper, lead, pencils, clipboards and hair. “Everything has an energy to it and a life cycle,” says King. “It evolves aesthetically from the infancy of a piece, to its maturity when it being shown. I see my work as being rooted in society and the biodiversity of our earth”. With influences from Fred Sandbeck, Sol Lewitt and Tom Friedman, Kings artwork challenges the viewer to pay attention and his photography received the grand prize in The Dallas Morning News “Show Me Your Dallas” competition. King was raised in Lubbock, Texas; he lives and works in Dallas. 

Shane Pennington

Shane Pennington’s work engages the balance, and fragility, of essential dichotomies. Between the ephemeral and the enduring, nature and the human construct, Pennington’s subjects are often skewed metaphorically and physically, prompting the viewer to contemplate life and its meaning from an alternative perspective.  His use of many media and textures, from sculpture and  painting,  to digital video, allows for a diverse artistic language. The resultant works conjure an energy that reflects upon life, death and universal consciousness.  Shane Pennington is a Dallas-based artist and a founder of AURORA, a public arts organization that works at the intersection of  art, technology and community presenting work from visionary artists of our time.  AURORA debuted in the Dallas Arts District in October 2011.   Pennington was a recipient of the “New Dallas Nine” award from D Magazine and has exhibited internationally at the Paddington Contemporary Gallery in Sydney, Australia and at Sur la Montagne, Berlin. He also counts many world-recognized institutions and corporations among his collectors, including Alana in Sydney, The Waterfall Mansion, The Gaedeke Group, Caldwell Cassady & Curry, Samsung, The Regis Corporation, Dallas City Hall, Moody Performance Hall, TEDxSMU, and JP Morgan Chase, by whom he was commissioned to install his work in the lobby of their flagship tower in Dallas.