KINGS Artist-Run


Open 12-5pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday

69 Capel Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003

Disability Access: KINGS Artist-Run is a wheelchair accessible venue. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair accessible toilet. Please contact the gallery with any access requirements and we will endeavour to support your visit.

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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.

Eat Dirt

Claudia Gleave

28 October 2016–19 November 2016

Eat Dirt is a series of performance based works that act out common idioms in the English language. Through their literal translation and performance, parallels are drawn with the figurative experience of the phrase with the intention of highlighting and intensifying its cultural significance and meaning. At times pathetic and sentimental, these works expose the tragic and comic within everyday life while questioning the logic of societal norms.

Using the body as an instrument, these performances make visible highly subjective and abstract psychological experiences. Slapstick humour is used as a vehicle in these some times challenging and ridiculous actions which reflect on the tragic and inexpressible aspects of the human condition. They also investigate and question the destructive aspects of both human behaviour and current dominant ideologies. Ultimately Eat Dirt is a reflection on life’s multiplicity and paradoxes and symbolizes the often futile search for meaning in an unreasonable and absurd world.

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  • Claudia Gleave is a Melbourne based artist whose practice spans video, performance, photography and text-based works. Her work questions personal and societal boundaries and constructs, often revealing the nature and limits of human knowledge and structures of logic. She also seeks to reconcile with the incongruous, paradoxical and contingent nature of the self and morality often employing the subversive and reflexive potential of a comic and tragic sensibility. Claudia has a BFA (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts and has exhibited in solo and group shows nationally.