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.

Phenomenological Geologies

Ren Gregorčič

11 January 2020–01 February 2020

Phenomenological Geologies examines the phenomenon of homogeneity in contemporary urban and non-urban landscapes with a focus on Oxalis pes-caprae; an invasive plant species that is commonly found at sites of geological and ecological disruption in Victoria as well as many other parts of the world.

The global presence of O. pes-caprae is representative of not only the significant impact and scale that human agency has on environments but also the impact that increased environmental homogeneity, arising from human agency, has on individuals and collectives. Of particular concern to Gregorčič is the limitation of nature-human experiences and categories of thought that result from shifts towards increasingly uniform terrain structures and biodiversity within the Australian context. This process of terrain-biodiversity universalisation is mirrored in the global phenomenon of structural and aesthetic homogenisation embedded in many architectural, infrastructure, urban planning and nature-management expressions; outcomes that eventuate as a broader consequence of modernity.

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  • Ren Gregorčič is an Australian artist and curator working in the field of contemporary sculpture and placial practice. His research-led practice explores how modernism’s mechanisms of economic, social and cultural management and control are expressed in architecture, infrastructure, urban planning and nature-management and the impacts of these mechanisms on individuals and collectives.