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.

BOOB – Bias Objects Objective Bodies

Caroline Phillips
Karryn Argus
Stephanie Leigh

01 October 2016–22 October 2016

Karryn Argus, Stephanie Leigh, Caroline Phillips

A collaborative installation of sculptural works by Karryn Argus, Stephanie Leigh and Caroline Phillips, BOOB examines the relationship between bodies and objects through abstraction and materiality. These three artists make things out of timber, fabric, rope and soft stuff that amalgamates in seductive, feminised objects. Their differing forms encompass de-constructed bodies and simplified shapes, formed through handmade and industrialised processes. BOOB questions regimes of power and control, proposing alternate frameworks of elasticity, relation and fun.

Karryn Argus uses textiles and craft based practices to explore the relationship between materiality and affect. She has exhibited in Melbourne and Sydney and has work in the Victoria University Library and Fiona Meyer Collections. Stephanie Leigh’s work draws on tropes of the reclining pose, beauty and the naked fetish. She was selected as a finalist in Linden New Art 2015, where she won the MARS Gallery award. Caroline Phillips’ practice questions oppositional and oppressive regimes of power and control. She has recently completed a PhD in sculpture at Victorian College of the Arts, and her work has been shown in Australia, France, Canada and the UK.

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  • Caroline Phillips is a Melbourne based visual artist whose work has been shown in a number of solo and group exhibitions in Australia and Internationally. Working primarily in sculpture, Phillips creates handmade objects and installations from recycled and craft based materials. Her work explores contemporary feminist aesthetics through modes of abstraction and materiality. In 2017 Phillips will undertake a three month residency at NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, USA where she will develop new works exploring prototypes of the abstracted body. Phillips also works as an independent curator and researcher. Her most recent collaborative curatorial project f generation: feminism, art, progressions (2015) explored connections amongst the work of 96 contemporary feminist artists at George Paton Gallery, Melbourne. From 2016-18 Phillips is Research Assistant for Prof Anne Marsh, working on the Women, Feminism and Art in Australia since 1970 Australian Research Council project at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.
  • Born in Yarrawonga, Victoria. Currently lives and works in Northern New South Wales
  • Stephanie Leigh is a Melbourne based artist. Working with painting, sculpture and installation, Leigh’s work draws on tropes of the historical and modernist canon such as the reclining pose, ideas about beauty, the naked fetish and cultural and political oppression. These concepts in her works are reconfigured in her contemporary practice to uncover modes of resistance and change that renegotiate female objectification. Stephanie Leigh has achieved critical success as an emerging artist with a number of prizes and exhibitions. In 2014, Leigh graduated from her Masters at RMIT University in Melbourne. Following this, Leigh was selected to exhibit at Linden New art for their 2015 PhD and Masters exhibition and went on to win the MARS Gallery award. In 2015, Leigh was invited to co-curate AS IF: Echoes of the Women’s Art Register at West Space, Melbourne, which was funded by Arts Victoria, City of Melbourne and City of Yarra. Leigh was also invited to exhibit in F Generation: feminism, art, progressions at George Paton Gallery in 2015, a major exhibition of Australian feminist art.