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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.

Fragile Compositions

Cristal Johnson

27 October 2017–18 November 2017

The rigid shapes will contort and decompose; they will create arbitrary arrangements between states of transformation. They will begin as defined colour cubes and eventually melt into pools of combined colour, becoming indistinguishable from their initial position. The transitions will be slow and concentrated as the material and time unite in producing each stage.


Fragile Compositions seeks to question the ways we observe and engage with active materials. The installation examines the ways that changeable substances are regarded within contemporary practice in order to discuss how we perceive materiality that moves between contingent and defined outcomes.


The transformative element of the work questions strength, mobility and decomposition of contemporary art within transitional states of flux. The work aims to provide insight into impermanent materials in various states of change, therefore referencing the traditional assumption that sculptural practice is definitive or permanent. The impermanence of these instable structures alludes to the inevitability of passing phases and questions the importance of decaying art forms.

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  • Cristal Johnson lives and works in Melbourne, Victoria. She has recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Art finishing with First Class Honours in 2016 at RMIT University. Johnson has exhibited at various galleries including: The Substation (AUS), First Site Gallery (AUS), Deakin University Geelong Campus (AUS) and Takt (GER).