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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.

Orbiting Rainbows

Jack Wansbrough
Oliver Hull

14 April 2018–05 May 2018

Opening 13 April, 6–8pm

Orbiting Rainbows takes it name from NASA’s project to see further out by using clouds of glitter floating in space. It is an unrealised plan to replace heavy and fragile mirrors in extraterrestrial telescopes with clouds of reflective particles arranged by lasers, to catch uneasy reflections of distant planets and stars. It is hoped that an algorithm will be able to decode these reflections into coherent images.

Oliver Hull and Jack Wansbrough’s exhibition is the glittery reflection before it is decoded. The scrambled reflection isn’t hiding distant exoplanets, but familiar places where glitter is sold in bulk – discount and $2 dollar stores. Orbiting Rainbows is comprised of a collection of sculptures and a film about the relationships between image and object, abstraction and interpretation, understanding and misunderstanding. It imagines the potential telescope as camp and malleable, focusing as much on the nature of glitter as on distant planetary visions.

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  • Jack Wansbrough is an artist based in Glasgow, currently working with declassified audio. His work has drawn from local histories, especially perceived mysteries, ghost stories and counter-cultural spiritualism. Jack has exhibited at FeltSpace (SA), Moana (WA), sat on the the committee for the Pipe Factory (UK) and Success (WA) and performed live broadcasts for Radiophrenia (UK) and RadioBAL (FR).
  • Oliver Hull works across digital media, sculpture and installation. He is interested in the poetic and political properties of images and computation and their relationship to time, nature and landscape. His work usually begins with research into places or events where these categories knit, often using digital tools to track, model, simulate and sense as techniques to draw out the political and/or poetic within the subject matter. Hull has participated in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally in institutional, artist run, online and offsite settings.