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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.

Cuprum, Cuprum

Sean McDowell

03 August 2019–24 August 2019

Combining found and constructed elements, Cuprum, Cuprum challenges the processes, limitations and possibilities of the material. With an emphasis on surface and ideas surrounding display, McDowell is interested in combining various sculptural methods with conventions that are typically affiliated with painting. In doing so, he is interested in exploring the relationship between image and object. Driven by an intuitive exploration of industrial materials and processes, the work examines the soft and ductile nature of copper while addressing its’ scientific principles and historical associations. Drawing on the Modernist lexicon of sculpture and painting, McDowell intends to scrutinize the manufactured forms through a series of material interventions.

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  • Sean McDowell recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture and Spatial Practice) from the Victorian College of the Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include Sean McDowell, Sunday Summer Series, Whaler Bar, The Repositioning of Objects that Once Functioned, George Paton Gallery, The Residue of Process, Enough Space and Geometric Study, Testing Grounds. McDowell has also been involved in various group exhibitions including Extended Gestures Extended, Five Walls Projects, the Annual Fundraiser Exhibition, Seventh Gallery, Group Conversations; Australia’s Shame, George Paton Gallery and Proud 2016, Margaret Lawrence Gallery. He has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Graeme Hildebrand Art Prize for Young Contemporary Artists, Mary and Lou Senini Student Art Award, Footscray Tertiary Art Prize and the 2018 Majilis Travelling Scholarship. In 2018, he was the recipient of the Perrin Sculpture Foundry Award. His work is held in private collections throughout Melbourne and Germany.