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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.

Fever Dream

Spencer Harvie

02 February 2023–25 February 2023

The Fever Dream series is comprised of six large-scale monochromatic paintings, which were created by magnifying the artist’s sketches by a factor of 500%. Each work in the series features cryptic and fantastical imagery, replete with recurring symbols and motifs such as smoke, brick buildings, amorphous substances, pyjama patterns, bowl haircuts, and disjointed body parts, that are arranged in a dreamlike fashion.

The utilization of black and white hues in the works may serve to challenge perceptions of binary thinking, while the enlarged format of the original drawings may raise questions about the preservation of artistic integrity and the ramifications of information loss. Furthermore, the surreal nature of the works collectively convey a sense of delirium and information overload, reflecting the shape-shifting and illogical nature of our digital lives.

 

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  • Spencer Harvie, a multidisciplinary artist based in Meanjin, creates works that blend elements of pop culture, surrealism, and conceptual art. His focus is on creating imagery that reflects the chaos and disorientation of an information-overloaded world. Harvie has exhibited nationally in solo and collaborative shows since 2016, with notable exhibitions such as "Dungeon Master" at Metro Arts in 2022, which featured large drawings exploring fantasy illustration's unsettling quality, and "Zonwee: The Last Known Recording of a Daydream" (2019) at Boxcopy and Milani gallery in collaboration with artist James Barth. Harvie's work has also been featured in national prizes and is held in private collections. He currently teaches at the Queensland College of Art, where he earned his Doctorate of Visual Art in 2021.