KINGS Artist-Run


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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 Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.


Emil Toonen

02 August 2013–24 August 2013

Emil Toonen’s Resort isn’t the type of place you’d go on holiday. Rather on entering his exhibition in the Front Gallery of Kings ARI, it becomes clear what he has resorted to. The space has been furnished with an assortment of repurposed objects that demonstrate a DIY ethic. Suggestively they form the basis of a habitation: a stool, shelf, lamps, kettle, etc. Yet these objects constructed for the most part from consumer cast-offs, manifest a more imaginative and inventive potential then their original intended application. For instance a digital camera has been altered, its lens displaced and another grafted in its stead. The effected images from this hacked camera have then been applied to generate further works also presented.  In another piece a light bulb cobbled into an empty can has been manipulated to project an image of itself onto the gallery wall. The works present an embodied approach to making and creative outcomes based on ingenuity and resourcefulness applied to materials otherwise relegated as junk.

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