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KINGS Artist Run acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people

HOBIENNALE 2019: A message in the collar

Ashley Perry
Erin Crouch
Jeremy Eaton
Julia McInerney
Katie Ryan
Nina Gilbert
Stephen Palmer
Zainab Hikmet

15 Nov 2019–23 Nov 2019
Opening 5pm Friday November 15th

‘A message in the collar’ brings together a selection of artists whose practices engage with notions of disclosure from a critical, literary, historical and personal perspective.

The artists employ strategies of confession, refrain, encryption and material syntax to shift the way we engage with language, images and signifiers. The artists wrangle with our contemporary means of communication, one that appears at once transparent and highly
circulated as well as obfuscated and opaque.

These works are further informed by an inclination to circumvent current forms of artistic consumption and dissemination, gradually revealing meaning through prolonged engagement.

This project has been made possible by CONSTANCE ARI INC., HOBIENNALE, Hobart City Council, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Regional Arts Fund.

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  • Ashley Perry is an interdisciplinary Goenpul artist from Quandamooka country. His recent works come from research into Quandamooka cultural practices, focusing on material culture held in museum, university and private collections. This research is used to produce works that uncover and question the discrepancies embedded in these archives. Drawn from a number of sources from firsthand accounts to historical documents, these varied and often differing accounts are interrogated, compared and are used to produce the works. The works enter a dialogue, questioning the certainty around some of these accounts and engaging in a speculative potential. He is interested in decolonising theories as a way of understanding materials, histories, and artistic practice and examining knowledge structures and methods around collections. Perry works across sculpture, drawing, printmaking and new media utilising a wide variety of materials, from traditional processes such as copperplate etching to more contemporary such as .html programming. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture and Spatial Practice with honours at the Victorian College of the Arts. Perry has exhibited across Melbourne in galleries including Margaret Lawrence Gallery, West Space, Incinerator Gallery, and the McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park. He recently presented work in Florence, Italy for the First Commissions Project, the University of Melbourne. He was the recipient of the Mary and Lou Senini Prize in sculpture (2017) and the Fiona Myer Award (2017). in the In 2017, Ashley was awarded an exchange to the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta as a part of the New Colombo Plan scholarship.
  • Erin Crouch (b. 1984) is a Narrm/Melbourne based visual artist who works with moving image to create video and film installations. Solo exhibitions and screenings include Clean Up Efforts Underway, Recess, 2019; Then Daddy Takes His Place in an Australian Landscape, The Treasury Theatre, Melbourne, 2018 and Under The Jumpers, TCB Art Inc., Melbourne, 2017. Selected group exhibitions include False Feeling, Constance ARI, Tasmania, 2019; Black Box: recess, Kings ARI, Melbourne, 2019; THERE IS A PAIN - SO UTTER, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2018 and Disinterment, MADA Gallery, Melbourne, 2017. In 2018 Erin graduated with a Master of Fine Art from Monash University, Melbourne
  • Jeremy Eaton is invested in exploring lineages of social space and concepts of disclosure through a time-based art practice. Recent exhibitions/projects include: 'The Enigma Code', Sarah Scout Presents, ‘Departed Acts: Lineages of Queer Practice’, Centre for Contemporary Photography; ‘Summer Group Show’, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney (2018); a group exhibition with Seven Valencia and Camille Hannah at C A V E S; and ‘Of Everything That Disappears There Remains Traces’ curated by Lauren Ravi at the Honeymoon Suite. He has undertaken solo projects at BUS Projects, West Space, KINGS Artist-Run and a residency at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. In 2018 he co-curated ‘In Bloom’ with Madé Spencer-Castle for SPRING1883. Jeremy has written for un Magazine, Art + Australia, participated in the Gertrude Contemporary Emerging Writers Program and developed catalogue essays for numerous artists. Jeremy’s work has been acquired by the Joyce Nissan Collection and is held in multiple private collections around the country. jeremyeaton.org
  • Julia McInerney (b.1989, Adelaide) is an artist whose work explores the dialectic of interiority and exteriority occurring between the languages of text and forms. Recent exhibitions include: The Garden, ACE Open; Archipelago, Greenaway Art Gallery; Guirguis New Art Prize 2017, Post Office Gallery Ballarat, 2016 TarraWarra Biennial: Endless Circulation, TarraWarra Museum of Art, CACSA Contemporary 2015, Greenaway Art Gallery; Eden Eden Eden, MOP Projects; and Daughters of Chaos, Deleuze Studies International Conference, Konstfack University College of Arts and Crafts. Selected solo exhibitions include: Nightlung, Constance ARI; The Animal, Bus Projects; and The Meadow, The Contemporary Art Space of South Australia Project Space. Julia has attended residencies at Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo; SIM (The Icelandic Association for Visual Arts), Reykjavik and Berlin; Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin; and Artspace, Sydney. In 2015 Julia was awarded the Ruth Tuck Scholarship for Visual Arts and The Adelaide Critics Circle Emerging Artist Award. Julia is currently studying a Master of Fine Arts by Research at Monash University.
  • Katie Ryan’s practice predominantly takes the form of installation, Sculpture and video. Her work evolves from concerns pertaining to interactions and relations between objects and bodies. Ryan is fascinated by how our understanding of objects - whilst partly shaped by their physical appearance - is also constituted by their relation to our emotional and psychological associations. All of these factors converge to form categories, through which we construct an understanding of the world around us. Ryan’s interest lies in the potential for works to traverse or dissolve these categorical boundaries, calling into question the validity of their parameters.
  • Nina Gilbert is an artist living and working in Melbourne. She studied Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne graduating in 2014. Selected exhibitions include, Image Reader at CCP, Melbourne (2019), Several Beautiful Angles at Kings Artist-Run, Melbourne (2018), Looking but not Seeing at Benalla Art Gallery, Melbourne (2018), Cry-baby Screening at Outer Space, Brisbane (2018), Versions at Sutton Projects, Melbourne (2017), The Image Shadow at Bus Projects, Melbourne (2016), Archiving and Fragmentation in the Digital Age at Fort Delta (2015). She is a co-organiser of ‘recess’ an online platform for video and moving image works with Olivia Koh and Kate Meakin, recess.net.au
  • Stephen Palmer artist and writer, whose practice is concerned with the uncertainties of perception and transcription. He has recently completed a PhD at the Victorian College of the Arts in Visual Art, and previously completed a Master of Arts (Critical Theory) at Monash. Recent collaborative projects include Imagining a Future Collective (with Nina Ross) at The Australian Tapestry Workshop and Postscript/追伸 (with Utako Shindo) at Boxcopy, Brisbane. Recent solo exhibitions include Endless Projection at Blindside, Melbourne, and The Anxiety of the Relation, at The Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA. He has published texts regularly in exhibition catalogues and art magazines, and has persisted in teaching at art schools in Melbourne. He is a member of Artists’ Committee, and was a co-facilitator of Light Projects ARI (Northcote) from 2010-2012.
  • Zainab Hikmet completed her Masters of Fine Arts at RMIT in 2015, following Undergraduate and Honours degrees from Auckland University of Technology. She has exhibited in various galleries throughout New Zealand and Australia and in 2015 was selected to complete a residency and exhibition at Singapore’s Tropical Lab at LASALLE College of Arts