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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

Where (do) we go

Hayley van Ree
Jordan Sibley
Matilda Davis
Rachel Button

5
17 June 2021–10 July 2021
Opening

The lights go down on the stream of life and you enter the deeper place of universal consciousness, uploading what we call ‘our dreams’. You cross the threshold of a house, free from your five senses. It is not a house you know however the sensation that this is your home is inextricable. 

Something altogether unknown shimmers across your body-free perceptions and you no longer are giving a story; you are receiving. Scenes and emotions and figures that you do not recognise, yet are distinctly familiar, begin to play out. Through someone else’s blueprint, the world is shown to you. 

As you dream you are uploading your experiences to the Universe, like a Secret Agent reporting back to their Spy Agency.  You are within the house of another Dreamer; the wires have crossed, and now you walk within their memory, dreaming their dream.

The playground story-board this exhibition inhabits is inspired by the late Carl Sagan’s quote ‘We are a way for the Universe to know itself’ mixed with the lyrical question ‘When we fall asleep, where do we go?’ from Billie Eilish.

What is the nature of an interconnected web of consciousness, a cosmic hive mind as experientially individualised happenings? 

 

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  • Hayley van Ree has a practice which is a constant blending of fashion and installation art, existing at a unique intersection of the two. The artist uses pre-loved and/or lowbrow or trashy objects and images and elevates them to her own version of high art or haute couture. The artist’s main focus is translating and creating a conceptual language from fashion. Van Ree graduated Honours in Fine Art at the Victorian College of the arts in 2019, completed a residency in Beijing and has shown at VAMFF multiple times, and had a solo show at Conners Conners gallery.
  • As a result of near-compulsive collecting, Jordan Sibley possesses a broad accumulation of objects, all of which she discovered in bins or on urban streets. It is these items that Jordan considers her art materials. Her process of creation is an improvised flow, frequently initiated by her esoteric and philosophical research. Because of her often-dense thematic content, Jordan imbues her artworks with a humorous and somewhat immature tone. Completing her Honours degree at VCA in 2019, Jordan has been an exhibiting artist for the past nine years. Jordan has developed a mixed-media practice, a process that emulates child’s play.
  • Matilda Davis’ works are personal constructions imbued with peculiar characters, lush darkness and latent narrative. Extending from magical realism, complex psychological landscapes come together with forms of molten fluidity. Davis is inspired by female artists associated with surrealism – such as Leonora Carrington, Florine Stettheimer and Frida Kahlo – who share her penchant for creating personal worlds. With a background in theatre, she draws elements of this medium at different stages: a script, a draft, a rehearsal and the final act. With their fine details and personal symbology Davis’ paintings are rife for close viewing and contemplation.
  • Rachel Button is an artist based in Brunswick, working on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri people. Her art lies somewhere between a school play and a science diorama. Oscillating between painting, sculpture, collage and video, Rachel produces work that considers the poetry of the everyday in relationship to work and capital, technology, evolution and image making. She graduated from VCA Painting in 2019.