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.


Elyss McCleary
Jessie Brooks-Dowsett
Khi-Lee Thorpe

27 August 2017–28 August 2017


Duration of Drawing: 27–28 Aug, 4–4pm
Opening Drinks: Mon 28 Aug, 6–8pm

Over 24 hours at KINGS flash night, three artists will work intermittently to visually transcribe their responses to sound; from the gallery space, the surrounds, each other and visitors.

The Deafening sounds of these Drawings is a continuation of the interest in spatial ideas, a call and response approach to drawing by Jessie Brooks-Dowsett, Elyss McCleary and Khi-Lee Thorpe.


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  • Elyss McCleary works across drawing, painting and assemblages. These are based on observing various spaces and things, and taking photographs. She intuitively uses her periphery in mind, feeling the surroundings around, in front and behind her to locate her compositions. Elyss recently completed a Masters of Contemporary Art from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Drawing from RMIT University. She has exhibited various solo and group shows in Australia and overseas and also co curated exhibitions including A Second Shadow, Prelude and Trail The Lock Up, Newcastle and Drawn Together at Arts Project Australia. Elyss is currently working on a body of large paintings and drawings regarding spatial relationships, colour placement and the idea of the un-still life in the history of interior still life painting. –
  • Jessie Brooks-Dowsett grew up between the lush bush of the Dandenong ranges and beautifully dramatic beaches of Sydney's eastern suburbs. This proximity and connection to nature informs her current art practise, sense of wellbeing and identity. Jessie is a gestural abstract expressionist. She engages her senses and uses her body as a conduit for the art making materials, exploring the relationship between self, experiences and environment. Working in a mix of acrylic, inks, pastels and coloured pencils, she sinks into moments and spaces, opening up a dialogue between the sounds and sensations of her environment and the responses of her body. Jessie uses experimental methods to create marks on paper or canvas that speak to this instinctual bodily responses capturing the reaction or recollection of her experiencing. –
  • Khi-Lee Thorpe is never more than a hand-span away from art. In addition to her visual art, she has worked in radio as a broadcaster and has previously produced sound montages and video Art. She recently graduated from a Masters of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Art and also holds a Masters of Media and Communication from Swinburne University of Technology. Her recent work includes gestural abstracted paintings on recycled internal doors. She takes inspiration from her Worimi heritage from the Mid North Coast of NSW. –