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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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Romance Bloody Romance

Darren Munce

Front Gallery

Habituation: a tolerance or diminishing behavioral response to external stimuli after continued or repeated exposure to it.

Apperception: the assimilation and interpretation of newly observed qualities by relying on past experience to formulate an understanding.

A breath of wind on a plastic petal in a cemetery, a riot of colour along a heavily graffitied corrugated fence, faded remnants of advertising on bluestone architecture, a display of potted plants on a blonde brick porch’.

After over 10 years of living in the same house, a move to an unfamiliar northern Melbourne suburb creates a heightened sense of awareness.

Romance Bloody Romance is a body of work that examines the relationships we make with landscapes. Filled with analogies, rhythms and metaphors, this autobiography of abstract paintings is driven by discoveries made over the passage of time. It investigates responses to the aesthetics of unknown surroundings; in seeing things for the first time, in the psychology of a new moment. These paintings archive a moment in time; when things happen, when things come right and exude a sense of balance and vitality.

Said poetically by Kandinsky   ‘Every form is a puff of smoke, the slightest breath will alter it completely.’
Detached from the world of objects, Romance Bloody Romance presents, in its own language, a place where the cognitive functions of habituation and apperception work in unison; in alliance. Here they support and conspire together in an effort to make what is new, old, what is different, common and what is revealed, exposed.

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  • Regularly exhibiting at some of Australia’s top ARI’s, Munce’s work has featured in solo and group shows at home and abroad. He has been recognised through a series of important scholarships, grants and awards and in 2014 was selected to undertake an international residency at the Leipzig International Artist Program in Germany. His work is held in private collections both in Australia and overseas. Munce is the Technical Coordinator, Painting Technologies at Victorian College of the Arts (VCA).