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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

50 degrees

Joseph Buckley
Kenzee Patterson
Kiah Pullens

01 February 2024–02 March 2024

The city sweats. Dry air and heat waves make our summers infamous and it can take considerable preparation to survive each year. In Naarm we average 11 days of temperatures greater than 35 degrees Celsius, and due to climate change this figure is expected to rise by almost 50% across the next two decades. But more than a discomfort, extreme heat causes more fatalities than other natural hazards combined, with those from vulnerable communities and precarious housing being hit the hardest.

From body heat to ecological bushfires, this exhibition of works by Joseph Buckley, Kenzee Patterson and Kiah Pullens examines our understanding of heat and the environment around us to ask how we got here, and learn how we can survive it together.

Exhibition room sheet available here.

Organised by KINGS committee as part of the Heat Safe City project, supported by City of Melbourne x Sweltering Cities.

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  • Joseph Buckley (b.1990, Ellesmere Port, England) lives and works in New York City, USA. Selected solo projects include Despair Engine, Island Gallery, New York; Cannibal Galaxies, Specialist Gallery, Seattle; Letter From The Home Office, Lock Up International, London; Traitor Muscle, Art in General, New York; and Brotherhood Tapestry, The Tetley, Leeds. Selected group exhibitions include The Secret Realm of Thrills and Concealment, Afternoon Projects/BROWNIE Project, Shanghai; Phantom Sculpture, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry; Poor Things, Fruitmarket, Edinburgh; Friends & Family, Anton Kern Gallery, New York; and Trouble in Outer Heaven: Portable Ops Plus, Southwark Park Gallery, London; I Don’t Know Whether The Earth is Spinning or Not..., Museum of Moscow, Moscow; and Cellular World: Cyborg-Human-Avatar-Horror at Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow as part of Glasgow International. In 2021 he received a Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship. Buckley teaches in the Sculpture Departments at Yale School of Art and at Brooklyn College.
  • Kenzee Patterson is an artist and a descendant of transported convicts, and British and Dutch-Sri Lankan immigrants. He lives and works on the unceded sovereign Country of Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Boon Wurrung and Bunurong peoples. His expanded sculptural practice combines material experimentation and unorthodox processes with historical research, autobiography, and language, often reconstituting discarded matter into new forms. Collective and collaborative modes of working are integral to his practice, and he has been the founding director of three influential ARIs: Locksmith Project Space, Sydney (2007-2011); Cosmopolitan Decline, Broken Hill (2018); and in 2021 Kenzee founded the online reading and field trip working-group Magnetic Topographies with artists Clare Britton and Therese Keogh.
  • Kiah Pullens is a photographic artist based in Naarm. Kiah’s expanded photographic practice focuses on the image making process, rather than the image taking process. Utilising the colour darkroom as her medium, the large-scale works she produces are derived from a performance within the darkroom space, intrinsically linked to the performing body and its relationship to the printing process. Kiah graduated from the VCA with a BFA, Honours in 2019 and has exhibited works nationally and internationally. Her works have been seen at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Museum of Australian Photography and Perth Institute for Contemporary Art. She was a finalist in Arte Laguna Prize, Venice, 2021 and presented work as a part of PHOTO2021 and Rotterdam Photo festival, 2019. Kiah is the Director and Founder of Wetlab — Naarm’s first open access colour darkroom.