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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.

Here, there, everywhere

Maddison Kitching

03 February 2022–26 February 2022

In Here, there, everywhere, Maddison Kitching reflects on the role that symbols of Australian animals play in shaping our psyche. From Looney Tunes’s ‘Taz’ the Tasmanian Devil, to gun-toting kangaroos, to the Tasmanian Government’s logo of the extinct Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger), the series brings together these cultural references and places them into landscapes haunted by their presence. Through this series of paintings, Kitching seeks to interrogate our interpretations of animals, the intentions of the brands that co-opt them, and more generally, the ways in which our extractive relationships to landscape and animals distort our perceptions of place and identity.

This series was painted on various unceded lands: Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung, Bundjalung, Larakia, Gunai Kurnai and Jawoyn lands. I acknowledge the deep and continuous relationship that First Nations people have with these lands, waters and skies. I also acknowledge the continued harm that the settler-colonial project has on this Country and its First Nations people. I pay my respects to elders past and present.

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Accompanying Text: ‘Freud in the Outback’ by Amy Rudder

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  • Maddison Kitching is a Naarm/Melbourne artist, graphic designer and illustrator who completed a Bachelor of Communication Design at RMIT University in 2012. A selection of his solo exhibitions include I’ve been everywhere man, Stockroom Kyneton, Victoria (2019); Lucky Country Escapes, Testing Grounds, Naarm/Melbourne (2018); A partial view, Chapter House Lane, Naarm/Melbourne (2018); Discover Gippsland!, Seventh Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne (2017). A selection of his group exhibitions include Papier-mâché, Missing Persons, Naarm/Melbourne (2021); Ecoluxx$, Kings ARI, Naarm/Melbourne (2018); Thongs, LON Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne (2017) and April Group Show, James Makin Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne (2017).