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.

I don’t know how to swim

Nicholas Currie

14 July 2022–06 August 2022

I don’t know how to swim presents a suite of paintings and a collaborative performance work deriving from a study of older paintings that explore staining and natural pigmentation of the canvas. Conceptually, the paintings reflect the act of swimming and how many young BIPOC men struggle with a multitude of mental health issues. Highlighting the act of swimming is a metaphor for accepting those issues and actively working with them under oppressive systems in place. I don’t know how to swim properly. I just do it.

With live performances by Nicolas Currie, Olivia wood and Christopher Robin.

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  • Nicholas Currie’s work feature’s themes and subject matter of contemporary Australian Indigenous masculinity. These histories come from shared perspectives and are demonstrated with the use of colour, mark and the familiar objects. Iconic features of Currie’s practice are the large-scale paintings created through mark making performances entrenched and achieved by the body through chance, rehearsed actions, playing with medium and culturally significant movements. To coincide these paintings on canvas is the sculptural and performance practice with the use of readymade martial linking with iconography associated with the Australian Indigenous experience. As a result action in the space is the major linking aspect throw-out my whole practice if it be active with a performance or still with an artwork.