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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.


Jana Papantoniou

14 March 2024–13 April 2024

Retrograde speaks to a process of making by which the image is fashioned out of its own erasure. Examining the conceptual underpinnings of subtractive processes, such as those brought forth by the monotype, this exhibition hinges upon the viscerality of negative image spaces, and the fragmentation of pictorial forms broken and pieced together backwards. Such fragmentation becomes the structure for unstructuring the image, existing as a framework for deconstructing both subject matter and artwork.

These works coalesce to form a dialogue between the static and dynamic by challenging notions of completeness. Here, erasure becomes additive where the process of eliminating one work becomes the very thing that ignites the next. Retrograde questions the afterlife of an artwork by asking what happens after it has been printed or ‘finished’? How can it live on?


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  • Jana Papantoniou is a legally blind artist based in Naarm/Melbourne. Papantoniou utilises drawing and printmaking to challenge preconceived notions of sightedness through the perspective of non-normative vision. Realising her work through a firmly pictorial lens, Papantoniou’s practice challenges assumptions conflating blindness with non-visual experience. Exclusively working within black and white, her practice is captivated by extremes of brightness and shadow, and the intensity as the two collide. With an ongoing fascination for the oscillation between figuration and abstraction, Papantoniou encourages a visual overwhelm anchored by something deeply human.