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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

Not Straight

Samuel Szwarcbord

Middle Gallery
1 Sep 2018–22 Sep 2018
Opening 6pm Friday August 31st

Not Straight is a series of sculptural assemblages combining commonplace materials with explicit connections to the qualities of the room. Each work utilises specific elements of the gallery space and seeks to misread or reinterpret these common features. Borrowing from Gordan Hall’s analysis of the ‘slant step,’ a seemingly utilitarian yet ambiguous hand-made object that captivated a group of artists (including Bruce Nauman) in the 1960s, this exhibition questions the relationship of body to architectural space. And, as per Hall, interrogates whether objects with non-standard, open-ended ‘functionality’ lend themselves to a queer, and abstract, reading – being both of the body yet outside of the norm.

Image: Daily Failure, (tape), 2015

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  • Samuel Szwarcbord is a Melbourne based artist. His undergraduate degrees were both in architecture and he completed a Master in Contemporary Art in 2017. His practice draws from these two disciplines with a focus on temporary sculptures, site-specific installation and performance-based site works. His artwork is conceived as skipping gleefully between the documentation, the interpretation and the original install as a way to question where exactly the art object lies.