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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.

Of turning and sinking

Sophie Neate

27 June 2014–19 July 2014

Some materials possess an intrinsic ability to either conduct or insulate energy.

Some enable movement, others inhibit movement.

Movement touching non-movement creates friction.

Or tension.

Of turning and syncing is a solo exhibition investigating the activation that can occur at the point-of-contact between two surfaces. Using ceramic, aluminum, copper, paper and plastic intersections between materials are created as they rest upon, brush past, hook around and lift up.  The work examines: How sensitive is one surface to the touch of another? What is drawing a charge? And what is being drawn from?

I like to understand how materials work; what is at work in a material.

There is a sensuality to mechanical forms and materials that I attempt to elaborate in my practice. Using sculpture and installation, I initiate points-of-contact between surfaces, hoping to cause a spark or a sigh.


Image Credits: Matthew Stanton

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  • Sophie Neate works across the mediums of sculpture, installation and photography. Her installations are approached as a series of zones, traversing between the physical and the emotional resonances of material, landscape and architectural space. Neate has exhibited extensively both locally and nationally, her most recent exhibitions include c3 Contemporary Art Space, Fort Delta and Centre for Contemporary Photography. Internationally, Neate participated in the 2015 Australia China Art Foundation residency program, allowing her live and work for two months in Shanghai, China.