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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.

Five-Mile Mist 如坠五里物中

Edward de Souza
Hugh Burry
James Brett
Luca Feldman
Ziyi Wei


01 February 2024–02 March 2024

Five-Mile Mist 如坠五里物中 is an exhibition with an aversion to material, digital, and architectural objects. It explores the impact of the rapid churn of objects on the human psyche. The works exhibited are acts of resistance — manipulating dystopian imagery; rhythmic ambience; fetishist dilemmas; satirical undertones and mass-produced items. The works detach, agitate and confuse allowing the viewer to reposition themselves within a society indoctrinated by objects.

This group of artists, Edward de Souza, Luca Feldman, Ziyi Wei, Hugh Burry, and James Brett, consider contemporary art and culture through prisms of fantasy, literature, beauty, technology, architecture, poetry and desire.

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  • Brisbane (Meanjin) based artist Edward de Souza explores the anxiety of individuals being powerless against the exponential growth of cities. Architecture often dominates by prioritising profitability over liveability. His works resist this de-humanisation. While the work can be entrancing, it unsettles and exposes the sometimes-sinister nature underpinning urban architecture. A flood of residential real-estate advertisements exposes their cookie cutter format - the extent of which is emphasised by their sheer mass. However, overlaying hypnotic soundscapes and fetishist content, he explores a contradiction in desire. A contradiction in our desire for community, comfort and a home, against a desire for cold, formulaic and isolating architecture.
  • In his image-based practice, Hugh Burry delves into the essence of humanity amid the growing digitisation of our world. Through surrealism, satire, and abstraction, his work mirrors the escalating simulation, marketisation, industrialisation, and consumption of culture, prompting contemplation on the remnants of humanity in an era dominated by data and algorithms. The deliberate use of slower traditional mediums and forms of representation within his art creates a tension, rebelling against the efficiency and thoughtlessness characteristic of the world they depict. As the world becomes increasingly contextualised through these digital constructs, Burry's art questions the profound implications for human experience, challenging perceptions and inviting viewers to reflect on the core of our existence in this technologically driven era.
  • Through tropes of capitalism, pop culture and philosophy James Brett creates new dialogues that evoke dormant truths about us, our world and our future. Using innate consumption as a core catalyst in his practise Brett blurs the line between freedom and fallacy with a soft nod to the sublime. Reflecting flaws in the human condition through sculptures of varying mediums, Brett seeks to explore and, in turn, convey universal sincerity with a subtle sense of satire.
  • The central concern of Luca Feldman’s practice is the psychology of the home, interrogating our human desire for shelter, security and comfort. His sculptural installations explore the architecture and ornamentation of personal space by examining the effect that individual structural elements and furniture have on the psyche. His personal interest in suburban renovation and DIY culture informs his installations through the use of domestic construction materials, evoking a sense of material familiarity. Employing the concepts of modularity and precarity, He examines our relationship with personal space in contrast to the broader environment, questioning the underlying values and aspirations that shape our spatial experiences.
  • Wei Ziyi examines the structures of social relations, she seeks to unearth, contest, and transmute the conventional reality, all while reckoning with the profound trauma and suffering that plagues the feminine identity. A queer woman from Guiyang City, China, faces cultural frictions and challenges such as the absence of protection, sexual violence, and ideological oppression, shaping her resilience. She explores the complex interplay between the human psyche and materialistic reality, with a focus on the body, desire, and morality. Through diverse mediums such as painting, sculpture, and digital collage, she creates eerie, and psychologically charged artworks with an almost fetishistic allure.