69 Capel Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003

Open 12pm-5pm, Thursday - Sunday

Disability Access: KINGS Artist-Run is a wheelchair accessible venue. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair accessible toilet. Please contact the gallery with any access requirements and we will endeavour to support your visit.

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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.


Alanna Paxton
Angela Nolan
Angus Carmichael
Audrey Pfister
Caeylen Fenelon-Norris
Charlie Roberts
Colleen Ahern
Harriet Jones
Hugo Hall
Jacob Sturgeon
Lidia Byrne
Masato Takasaka
Melissa Nguyen

14 September 2023–07 October 2023

Gimmicks are part-functioning objects, providing a kind of aesthetic autonomy that is both repulsive and irresistible. Originally employed by magicians to captivate and mislead audiences, today, gimmicks have infiltrated the DNA of almost every object sold in the free market. Gimmicks promise heightened productivity while simultaneously reducing the temporal and spatial requirements for production. Paradoxically, rather than utilizing this newfound time and space for rejuvenative purposes, they provide an opportunity to further intensify production efforts. Devices like the TV dinner tray, laptop, or bed tray blur the boundaries between work, leisure, and consumption; amalgamating them into a singular point in time and space. This fusion implies that individuals are continually caught in a cycle of production and consumption, never reaching a true state of rest. In the context of this exhibition, the tray becomes a flattening gimmick, functioning as a conveyor for artistic production.

See the exhibition room sheet here.