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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.

nowhere now here

Rohan Schwartz

15 June 2023–08 July 2023

A metaphysical view conveyed to us through Zen Buddhism is that everything big and small sits at the precipice of boundless space: vast outwardly as enormous inwardly. Everything appears to exist at this edge.

Parallels can be drawn between this perspective and our comprehension of reality through the modern interdisciplinary fields of physics and mathematics. As we venture into microscopic, nanoscopic and submicroscopic realms, our initial perceptions fade, revealing the intricate weave of the fabric of reality, of boundless space and transformation.

This exhibition of photographs, titled nowhere now here, captures something of the sheer wonder I experience when I suddenly awaken, lens to eye, at the precipice of the enigmatic moment of being alive. In that instant when the camera seems to merge with my eye, I find myself instinctively focused on subjects mingling with the ungraspable space between and around them, until such time as the perceived boundaries that contain them break down. I am often confounded by the fixity of these photographic afterimages, as they seem to translate my fascination with the infinitely mutable, the mysterious qualities of being awake to the fleeting moment. But these afterimages echo a moment that is itself an entirely new experience, and as such I’m sharply reminded that the only thing that is not transient is transience itself.

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  • Rohan Schwartz (b. Darlinghurst, 1986) is a Naarm/Melbourne-based multidisciplinary artist whose practice encompasses painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, writing, photography, and video. Drawing obliquely on his Ashkenazi Jewish and Gujarati heritage, Schwartz's artworks unveil the hidden intricacies of overlooked nuances in our seemingly mundane everyday existence. With a playful yet fervently transfixed pursuit, he immerses himself in the profound complexities inherent in each moment, uncovering radical abstractions woven into the fabric of life. Through attuning to these subtle realms of perception, he translates his experiences into artworks that capture fleeting glimpses of the profound and transient nature of existence. Schwartz earned a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2009, and a Graduate Diploma of Education from the University of Melbourne in 2017. He has exhibited at spaces including West Space, TCB art inc., Substation and the National Gallery of Victoria. He worked as part of the collaboration Normal Gallery, whose projects were undertaken in Australia, China and North Korea. He has previously served as a Board Member at Seventh Gallery, and a Councillor for Art Education Victoria.