69 Capel Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003

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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.

Best Before

Alex Fimeri
Cam Wu
Lily Arapera Gentile
Ponie Curtis

15 October 2022–15 October 2022

Opening event 5-7pm
Best Before investigates implied duration, experience, and ideas of value. What is it like existing in a suspended space and temporary timeframe – and is this something already predetermined?
What does it mean to have a best before date, what does it mean to surpass this, what does it look like, and how is it assigned? Must something need to last to have impact or function?



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  • Alex Fimeri (they/she) is an emerging artist studying, living, and creating in the Western suburbs. Their work is inspired by the environment she grew up surrounded by, wanting to capture the otherworldly juxtapositions – the refineries boarded by lush landscapes. Her practice centres around mixed media works, their art concerning the interconnectivity of organisms over mortality, and the processes of degradation in both natural and manufactured subjects.
  • Cam Wu is a Chinese-Australian artist living and working on Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung land. Her practice is underpinned by an interest in ritual and narrative, bringing together broader histories and personal stories. Cam is interested in the intersections between language, visual modes of communication, and meaning-making. In balancing playful humour and a research-informed practice, she explores sociohistorical connections with a poetic sensibility.
  • Lily Arapera Gentile (Te Āti Awa, Taranaki) is an emerging artist living and creating on the lands of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation. Her practice feeds from writing and found text and realises itself across a range of mediums. Lily is interested in the tension of the personal and the communal, creating in this space, while considering the conservation her works have with space, and each other.
  • Ponie Curtis’ practice manifests itself as both 2D and 3D sculptural works, thinking about space both physically and digitally. Ponie works with original video, constructed digital space, and layering to create these dream-like, playful, otherworldly places. Considering the idea of a best before date, You are the life of any party delves into the ambiguous yet affirming prophecies and ‘lucky numbers’ found in fortune cookies, offering refreshing guidance for when we find ourselves past our use-by date, expired into a stale condition in need of purpose and self-belief. Whilst exploring the way we locate truths in serendipitously blurred messages, the work simultaneously contemplates the best before dates of these notes, examining their undisclosed duration and context but also the value we decide to place upon them.