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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 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

IamOphelia

Jake Treacy
Walter Bakowski (Ophelia)

Side Gallery
31 Aug 2019–21 Sep 2019
Opening 6pm Friday August 30th

This collaborative exhibition explores the spiritual trajectories of Nature and queer readings of literature between artist Walter Bakowski (Ophelia) and curator Jake Treacy. IamOphelia presents two new video works by Bakowski meditating on queer ecologies through the esoteric movements of a river and their body. This endurance performance articulates transcendent attributes beyond binaries, demonstrating the inherent fluidity and inter-connectivity of Nature and identity. Listening closely to the songs of plants allows for a cosmic communion; echoing across the gallery space and beyond the walls into the imperceptible. Here an installation of light, blossoming fragrance, an otherworldly song, and a dress heavy with the residue of performance, allows for communication across time to make queer narratives present. Meanwhile, an environmental poem by Treacy that reflects ambient light and offers a queer translation of the original Shakespearean text (Ophelia), wraps around walls like a conduit or a spell, seeking to heal through non-binary liberation.

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  • Jake Treacy is a curator, writer and poet whose practice employs numinous acts through exhibition-making, performativity, and the spoken and written word. They acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded upon the Kulin Nations land from which they work, and pay their respects to Elders past, present and future across all First Nations. They are a University of Melbourne graduate with a Master of Art Curatorship (2017) and Postgraduate Art History (2013) who has previously co-directed an artist-run initiative, sat on grant advisory panels, and written published copy on numerous contemporary arts practices. Their recent thesis examines ways of constructing liminal experiences in order to incur healing, promoting inclusivity and community, and exercising the therapy of art. Their recent projects include Pearlescent Verse (Human Rights Arts and Film Festival), Apocalyptic Horse (Heide Museum), Utopian Tongues (Seventh Gallery), and Beyond the Veil (Blindside Gallery).
  • Walter Bakowski (Ophelia) is a graduate of the BA of photography at PSC and is an artist practicing in performance documented through photography, the moving image, the written word and installation. To date, Bakowski's work explores dialogues between art and spirituality, the sacred and the unseen - discovering the nuances of queer self in practice. Bakowski has been awarded as an exhibiting finalist in the Moran Contemporary Photography Prize and CLIP award. And has been part of numerous group shows at recognized contemporary galleries including; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Perth Centre for Photography, Blindside and Seventh Gallery. Their work is held in private collections across Melbourne, Sydney, Paris and New York City, and in the public collection at the National Library of Australia. Walter’s 2018 body of work ‘Endure’, has recently been exhibited as part of a selection of group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Centre for Contemporary Photography and a solo show at Alternating Current Art Space, creating discourse around the role of the spiritual ritual in facilitating the act of queering spaces.