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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.


David Attwood
Marco Bruzzone
Rebecca Baumann
Shannon Lyons
Thomas Rentmeister

07 February 2014–01 March 2014

Art historian Ursula Panhans-Bühler once used the term ‘impure minimalism’ to describe the sculptural works of German artist Thomas Rentmeister. For Panhans-Bühler, Rentmeister at once adapted the pictorial and stylistic vocabulary of Minimalism and at the same time dirtied it through the use of common and inexpensive materials. Panhans-Bühler’s terminology eventually evolved into ‘dirty minimalism’, which has in turn become a kind of catch phrase that currently follows Rentmeister around the world regularly popping up in the catalogue essays and press releases that accompany the exhibition of his work.

Co-curated by West Australian artists David Attwood and Shannon Lyons, Dirty is a reflection on and extension of the notion of ‘dirty minimalism’. The exhibition will present the works of a group of artists who employ the tenets of Minimalism in conjunction with historical, social, cultural and political content. These artists strive to evade the art historical readings of Minimalism’s Modernist heritage (as in its cold austerity, internal inflection and material objectivity) by infusing their work with external reference, reveling in disorder, politics, humour and the abject body.

The exhibition Dirty draws on a selection of protagonists working within the field of ‘dirty minimalism’ in Australia and beyond, bringing these convergent practices into conversation. Exhibiting artists include David Attwood, Rebecca Baumann and Shannon Lyons who live and work in Perth, WA and Marco Bruzzone and Thomas Rentmeister who both live and work in Berlin, Germany.

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  • David Attwood (b. 1990, Perth) makes artworks in the forms of readymades, found objects and sculptural assemblages using contemporary commodities. His work broadly explores concepts pertinent to contemporary capitalism. In 2016 Attwood completed a PhD in Art at Curtin University, and in 2019 completed the SOMA Summer program, SOMA, Mexico City. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally in institutional, commercial, artist-run, online and offsite settings. Attwood is the co-editor of the book The Art of Laziness: Contemporary Art and Post-work Politics (Art + Australia, 2020) and runs the project space Disneyland Paris.
  • Shannon Lyons lives and works in Perth, Australia. Lyons holds a PHD in Visual Art and teaches in the Fine Art Department at Curtin University. Recent exhibitions include A dead mouse and broken coffee machine at Moana Project Space and Store (with Paige Alderdice) at Success, Perth.