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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.

Insect Logic

James Cooper
Jess Tan

23 November 2019–14 December 2019

Insect Logic overlaps two installation practices, each accumulative and ever-developing in content and form. This opens into an exploration of morphosis. Through collaging the personal codification of language, non-traditional archival processes, the practising of contagious magic and an affective disorientation (a confusion about confusion), the work becomes self-generative. The exhibition considers each artists’ approaches akin to the habitual nature of squirrels, caddisflies and ants.


Image: Artist unknown, acquired 2019, S3cr3t p.1.g, Guinea pig greeting card

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  • James Cooper lives/works in Naarm, Melbourne and has recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (First Class Honours) at the Victorian College of Arts. James predominantly uses drawing as a medium to expand into sculpture and the hoarding of knick-knacks.
  • Jess Tan is a multidisciplinary artist based in Naarm/Melbourne. Jess collects from the residual of what she has eaten, broken, found and made previously, as well as what the things around her have made in the process of being alive. It is a sort of thinking out loud which seeks the feeling of being unconstrained. She is currently completing an MFA by research at RMIT.