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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.

Accumulates in the throat, emerges from the mouth

Abbra Kotlarczyk
Alice McIntosh
Briony Galligan
Cameron Gresswell
Grace Culley
Jazz Money
Michelle Kong
Nunzio Madden
Sarah Ujmaia
Soroush Abbasi nejad haghigh

07 May 2021–29 May 2021

This exhibition considers how diction, personal inflection, and bodily trace disrupt any attempt to erase the personal from written and spoken word.

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  • Abbra Kotlarczyk (born Mullumbimby, Arakwal Country | based Naarm/Melbourne, so-called Australia) maintains a research-based practice that is articulated through modes of conceptual art making and writing of criticism, poetry and prose. She is an independent curator and academic editor for socially-engaged, practice-led artistic research. Her practice is hinged on visual, linguistic and increasingly sensorial modes of inquiry that take place trans-historically through expanded notions of care, labour, queerness, publication, citizenry and embodied poetics.
  • Alice McIntosh (based Naarm/Melbourne) makes sculpture and installation work that is materially focused. She uses processes of gleaning, combining, feeling and accumulating materials in order to converse with their preexisting social, historical or personal stories. Recently, her practice has expanded into education and is informed by conversations around early childhood development and education. Recent residencies include the Creative Fellowship, Marpha Foundation, Nepal. Watch this space, Alice Springs. She has exhibited at Green Monday Studios, Bus Projects, Gertrude Glasshouse, West Space, Seventh, Long Division Gallery, Punk Cafe, Brunswick Sculpture Centre, spacespace gallery (Tokyo) and a number offsite shows.
  • Briony Galligan (born lutruwita Tasmania) is from an English/Irish settler background and lives on Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung Country. Briony works with physical interior architectures, using theatrical and architectural elements such as backdrops, curtains, screens, sculpture and costume, to question the limits of what can be controlled within ‘logical’ hegemonic social orders. Her work is often situated in personal and art histories – working with materials from community museums such as the Australian Queer Archives and sites including horse stables, public parks and hospital wards – forming an interplay between these structures and bodily experience. Collaboratively, Briony makes artwork with Mel Deerson, teaches sessionally at Monash and VCA and worked with TCB collective (2017-21).
  • Cameron Gresswell is an emerging artist working in acrylic and pastel on paper. With a strong thematic focus on music, the works depict colourful lyrics, names of artists and bands floating and falling across the page. Often around two brightly coloured records, the artworks give the impression the viewer has a birds-eye view of an active mixing deck. Gresswell has worked at Arts Project Australia since 2016 and has exhibited in group exhibitions in Australia. His work is held in private collections.
  • Naarm based artist Grace Culley explores the language of Gilles de la Tourettes syndrome cyclically existing between public and personal spaces. Recycled materials, industrial tools and materials form visceral relics of their process to ease impulses, investigate social, institutional and personal metaphysics of tics and open informative discourse about the misunderstood enigma of Tourettes. They invite the audience to question intent, offence collapsing in on itself and remember that some of us swear and some of us don’t, just don’t stare.
  • Jazz Money is an award-winning poet of Wiradjuri heritage, currently based on beautiful sovereign Gadigal land. Her practice is centred around the written word while producing works that encompass installation, digital, film and print. In 2020 Jazz was awarded the David Unaipon Award from the State Library of Queensland and a First Nations Emerging Career Award from the Australian Council for the Arts. Jazz’s debut collection ‘how to make a basket’ is forthcoming in 2021 with University of Queensland Press.
  • Michelle Chi Wing Kong is a Naarm based artist who has spent her life between Hong Kong and Australia. She has a BFA from Monash University (2018) and is currently completing her BFA (Hons). Michelle works between interdisciplinary practices, shifting between the impalpable digital space and the analog. This constant repositioning mirrors her relationship with her heritage and ambiguous sense of identity. Her recent focuses are on themes of intergenerational trauma, through the lens of colonialism and intersectional feminism. Michelle’s art stems from her experiences with mental illness, past trauma, and the desire to heal. She is driven by expressing unspoken silences, seeking ways of expression that are empathic to both herself and in solidarity with others. It is a gestural invitation, one for collective healing. Michelle has previously exhibited at Trocadero (2018) as a recipient of the Newer18 Prize.
  • Nunzio Madden (b. 1992, previously known as Natasha Madden) is a Slovenian-Australian multidisciplinary artist and musician. They graduated from the University of Melbourne's VCA Campus with a BFA and Honours in Fine Arts in 2014, majoring in painting. After graduating, Nunzio took on a diverse range of projects in film, painting, fashion, and sculpture. These projects involve obsessive and laborious manual processes to transform materials from everyday domestic life. Nunzio Madden is also a band member of Wet Kiss and Terminal Infant, and released their own self-produced album The Underwater in 2013.
  • Sarah Ujmaia (b.1995) is a first-generation Chaldean artist living and working on unceded Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung and Boon Wurrung/Bunurong lands. She is currently a HDR candidate and Teaching Associate at Monash University in the Faculty of Fine Art.