69 Capel Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003

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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.

Massage Therapy

Clare Longley
Gian Manik
Honey Long
India Salvor Menuez
Isabella Connelley
Jerome Jabari
Loralee Newitt
Prue Stent
Ro Noonan

03 March 2017–25 March 2017

Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure. The presence of a human body on a massage table, as a constructed situation forces us to experience somewhat objective relaxation, and we lean into it, cherishing the stock image frangipani wallpaper and overwhelming aroma that veils the body odour of strangers. Massage Therapy surveys this notion in a corporeal and theatrical sense, as a conduit for contemplating how spaces or interactions can be fabricated to invite a sense of not-necessarily-genuine intimacy. How far can the giver go in helping the receiver get there, and under what circumstances are we prepared to be seduced?

Massage Therapy is curated by Clare Longley.

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  • Clare Longley graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Victorian College of the Arts in 2014. Primarily working with installation, textiles, painting and poetry, Longley’s work is occupied with the seductive relationships between private and public, real and fiction. With lines traced and feelings kindled, aspects of everyday befriend intimate and evocative imagery, creating an unnerving ambiguity and timidity of touch. Her work reminds us of being human and having senses, yet they are unconscious, strange, unmediated and naïve. –
  • Gian Manik graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Monash University in 2012 and has since shown extensively in both solo and group exhibitions across Australia. Selected solo exhibitions have included Ventilation and Natural Light, Artereal, Sydney, 2015; First Outside, Inside Last, Caves, Melbourne, 2015; Umbrella, Anna Pappas, Melbourne, 2015; Foils Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2014, Big Recorder, ALASKA Projects, Sydney, 2013; and The Retreat to Representation, Venn Gallery, Perth; 2012. Selected group exhibitions include Painting, More Painting, ACCA, Melbourne; 2016, Farewell to Function, Gian Manik and Koji Ryui, Twenty Thirty Seven, Curated by Consuelo Cavaniglia, Sydney, 2015; Y3K Biennale, Curated by Christopher LG Hill, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; Fresh Paint, Sutton Project Space, Melbourne, 2012. He recently participated with Fort Delta at the Spring 1883 Art Fair. He was awarded the Gunnery prize from Artspace, Sydney in 2009 and was a finalist in the Joondalup Art Award also in 2009. His work is held the collections of Artbank, Australia, The Art Gallery of Western Australia and various other private collections. –
  • Honey Long is a Sydney-based artist working within the mediums of photography, performance, installation and sculpture. Her work often utilises cultural objects and archetypes, reconfiguring them within fluid and dreamy contexts. Seeking to disturb reductive binaries, particularly the constructs of femininity and nature, she explores themes of desire, fear, fetishisation and procreation. The recurring sense of duality within her works seeks to highlight the dichotomy by which one might be both attracted to and repelled by objects and phenomena. –
  • India Salvor Menuez is a NYC born and based multi-media artist working primarily in performance. Recent projects include Crumbling World Runway at the Women’s History Museum, NY, Booklub 10 at MoMA as part of the Ocean of Images show, Dinner with Chibi Cherry at MoMA PS1 as part of the Greater New York Show, Authority Figure at the Knockdown Center and Gushing Plea at Miami Basel. –
  • Isabella Connelley is a Melbourne based photographer and short film director, whose work often explores the ideals within gender and beauty. She often questions these beauty ideals and the role of females within society. She is currently working on short film series ‘Boobs Bumps Blood’ co-directed with Bethan Mooney, which explores puberty, sex and all the awkward bits in-between. –
  • Ro Noonan is an artist currently based, making and showing in Melbourne. He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2014.