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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.

This Was Now Here

Ellen Dahl
Melissa Howe
Yvette Hamilton

06 August 2016–27 August 2016

This Was Now Here is a group show of three artists whose work sits within the hybrid medium specificity of the ‘still-motion’, an in-between media at the intersection of photography and the cinematic.

Susan Sontag calls the photograph an object of contemplation as it allows the spectator an unlimited time to gaze (a privileged moment). She further suggests that photographs might be ‘more memorable than moving images, because they are a slice of time, not a flow.’ What happens, then, when still photographs are joined together to create a flowing image – a still motion, operating somewhere in between the past (photography) and present (the moving image)? By disruption or synchronisation, the morphological process of montage/editing communicates variable positions for the image to change and be experienced—both in space and time. Yvette Hamilton, Melissa Howe and Ellen Dahl all use time as a mode for generating new narrative opportunities to reflect back upon contemporary culture, identity and belonging.

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  • Ellen Dahl is a Sydney-based, Norwegian-born artist working across photography, video, sound and installation. Her work explores junctures of identity with a physical, political or psychological sense of place. She is a recent MFA graduate from SCA, University of Sydney.
  • Melissa Howe is a Sydney based artist. Her practice is centered on the use of the still photographic image in conjunction with other media, which has resulted in the creation of animated films, scale model constructions and site-specific installation work.
  • Yvette Hamilton is an artist working across photomedia, video, and interactivity whose work charts the evolution of self, being and presence, as influenced by evolving technological heterotopias. She has exhibited widely in Australia and has recently completed her MFA at Sydney College of the Arts.