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.

A bed is a portal

Giulia Kelly
Nina Prendergast
Rumer Guario

24 November 2022–17 December 2022

Getting into bed and falling asleep; waking up and getting out of bed. These actions signify the starting and ending points of the dream narrative. Goodnight, I am going to bed now – submerged in my silk sheets, dreaming of ordinary things that twinkle in new ways. Constantly and forever undergoing a cyclical and regenerative experience that elevates the quotidian into the dream world of the sublime.

A bed is a portal presents a series of works from long time friends Nina, Giulia and Rumer. The artists nurture once-abandoned items through tender loving care. Byway of symbology, memories are disclosed from these objects, each a sleepy whisper.

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  • Giulia’s practice explores the significance of digital media as an artistic medium, through the construction of virtual worlds. Environments are synthesised to create a resurrected nature that is more than nature itself. Grasping onto the brief moments of existence between technological highpoints and swift redundancies, these artwork videos invoke a cyclical experience of digital nostalgia, caught in the virtual dreamscape of a screensaver, destined to repeat and remain idle.
  • Nina dreams of symbols that contort and fuse. Original signifiers submit to new translations as reimagined motifs coalesce. At daybreak, these visions subside. Retained fragments are affixed to material forms: each object a relic of illusion.
  • Taking place on Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri land, Rumer Elisabetta Guario’s practice aims to decipher ideas of memory and morality, innocence and longing through the creation of drawings, sculptures and installations. Embedded with influences from pop culture, music, film and personal narratives, her work is a testament to the poignant and uncanny that lay beneath the cute and the eerie. Pulling apart aesthetic perspectives in both contemporary society and throughout history, her practice considers the role of art objects as vessels to discuss the beautiful and complex oddities of the human mind.