69 Capel Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003

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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.

Strong Hold

Benjamin Chadbond
Kate Beckingham

07 May 2016–28 May 2016

Strong Hold is an exhibition of works by artists Kate Beckingham and Benjamin Chadbond.

Beginning with the idea of talismans and their apparent similarities to both art objects and the act of art making itself, this exhibition is an exchange that aims to explore relegation of meaning and intention as auguries of the contemporary condition.

United in practice by a shared investigation of objects and their power (or lack there of) both artists seek to question how and why we attribute meaning to the world around us, and particularly the objects we possess. There is no attempt at austere concretes or axioms, or to suggest that any level of engagement is more or less valid. Rather the works in the show are merely an attempt to embody the illusive nature of the subject matter with unruly tethers to the personal, the absurd, and the idiosyncratic methodologies of their makers.

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  • Benjamin Chadbond completed a Bachelor of Design in Photography and Situated Media (Honors) at University of Technology, Sydney in 2014. He is the co-founder an online publication called Try Hard Magazine, which aims to broaden discourse around the medium of photography in Australia and New Zealand and more recently an affiliated limited-run photobook publishing initiative, Try Hard Editions. This year Chadbond was selected to participate in SafARI 2016.
  • Kate Beckingham completed her Masters of Fine Arts at Sydney College of the Arts in 2012. She is interested in using her practice to explore the sites between artistic actions, intentions and output. Beckingham also maintains a collaborative practice as one half of OK YEAH COOL GREAT. Upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at Sawtooth, Launceston and 55 Sydenham Rd, Sydney.