KINGS Artist-Run


Open 12-5pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday

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 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

Nothing happening

Amy Spiers
Anusha Kenny
Briony Galligan
Catherine Ryan
Davis Clayton
Ella Hinkley
Ian Wadley
Ibby Okinyi
Kerrie Poliness
Kim Donaldson
Klara Grace Kelvy
Lara Thoms
Matthew Goldberg
Sam George
Sonja Hornung
Tim Goldberg

Front Gallery
Middle Gallery
Side Gallery

Nothing Happening is a one-night performance and installation event inviting visitors to consider political and social states of inertia. Artists have been invited to present works where potential is delayed or thwarted, promises are unfulfilled and limits are placed on bodies. Nothing Happening is a meditation on instances of neglect, boredom, apathy, inactivity and paralysis. We aim to frustrate desires, experiment with temporality and consider the provisional and contingent. Value is placed on the invisible: the way an artist might affect a group dynamic, a social situation or a change of energy. Slipped in between Kings’ monthly exhibition program and planned with no budget, Nothing Happening is aesthetically lean and barely there.

For one night only, Kings ARI will be host to discreet works that engage with social concerns, from Sonja Hornung’s Emptying Flags to Kerrie Poliness’ Volcanic Plains shelters. Additionally, conceptual works by absent artists, such as Kim Donaldson and Matthew and Tim Goldberg, will be on display, as well as enigmatic, barely perceptible performances by Sam George and Klara Kelvy. Gallery-goers will have to seek out some works, including videos by Lara Thoms (with Kate Balckmore) and Ibby Okinyi, and Amy Spiers’ work on Twitter.

Curated by Amy Spiers and Anusha Kenny

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  • Briony Galligan lives and works on Wurundjeri and Boon wurrung land and is from an anglo-celtic background. Briony has solo and collaborative practices and works with drawing, sculpture, sets, costumes and performance. Her work loops between internal sensory experiences and tangible social forms; heightened points where particular personal and collective histories connect, disagree or unravel. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Monash Art Design and Architecture and has previously exhibited at Firstdraft, National Gallery of Victoria, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Westspace, TCB Art Inc, Cemeti Art House (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) and Comfort Station (Chicago, USA). Briony is also currently working with Mel Deerson on a project about childhood and the rainbow, figured as both glimmering and dangerous - a strange, messy, slippery, varied thing.