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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.

Jack’s Tent

Mat Vaughan

24 November 2017–16 December 2017

Designed by the artist’s six-year-old nephew, Jack’s tent is perfect.

Together they drew the tent blueprint on canvas at 1:1 scale, and the blueprint functioned seamlessly. They took a trip down to Bunnings and selected paint in ‘Road Safety Sign – Yellow’, because Jack advised they needed to be seen in a snowstorm. They painted it, and then covered it in beeswax to waterproof it.

Jack’s tent is a 1:1 scale blueprint of a tent. Perfect as an idea, in Jack’s mind at least, it was to protect the artist and his partner as they trekked Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit in April. What can the artist say – Jack, his stories and illustrations were very convincing.

On April 2, 2017, with Jack’s tent strapped securely to the artist’s back, he and his partner headed off on their adventure into the Himalayas.
This exhibition is about the failings and successes of Jack’s perfect idea.

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  • Mat Vaughan is a Melbourne-based artist whose practice focuses on the functionality of materials, design and architecture, and the narrative of adventure. Fresh from a yearlong trip around Australia where his '73 Kombi ('Old Girl')' was home, studio, gallery and wheels, Mat's work investigates functionality of art, space and objects, and where the three intermingle, and how they all shift when one wiggles. Mat has a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne).