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 necessary evil

Bryan Spier
Dionisia Salas
Merryn Lloyd
Noriko Nakamura
Renee Cosgrave

21 November 2014–13 December 2014

A Necessary Evil is an exhibition of artists that stage the process of creation as a kind of capturing, or trapping. These five artists seek to manipulate immaterial factors – such as colour, time, possibility, and culture – but their efforts are tempered and stymied by the dumb fact of matter.  The material support presents a compromise upon which the immaterial is reluctantly contained for the purpose of presentation.
Propositional images are threatened by the resolution of the given material. Weight, organisation, application and physical labor expose kernels of conflict that becomes explicit subject matter.  A continuous negotiation suffuses the work of these artists with irreconcilable tension. At the heart of this struggle is a question of will: the will of the artist versus the will of the material.