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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.

The Messenger

Jane Skeer

28 October 2016–19 November 2016

The Messenger evolved through my frustration of throwing 70 City Mags each week into the waste at one apartment complex in Adelaide we look after. One day I was doing my daily rounds of the complex and walked past the newspapers catching a glimpse of the sunlight glistening on the plastic wrap. The interaction of light and plastic caught my attention, suddenly the newspapers went from ‘stuff’ you ignore to, in the words of Jane Bennett,” stuff that commands attention as vital and alive in its own right.”[1]

The messenger brings a sense of obsessive play and activates human associations with the material.  Respecting the life and qualities of the newspaper wrapped in plastic, my aim was to work collaboratively with material agency to activate it in some way. I seek to prove that the unwanted is in fact useful and that it might prompt us to rethink our relationship with familiar readymade objects and their associated sensory/haptic memories.


[1] Jane Bennett, The Force of Things – Steps toward an Ecology of Matter, Political Theory, Vol. 32, No. 3(Sage Publications Inc, John Hopkins University, June 2004), pg. 350.

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  • Jane Skeer completed her Bachelor of Visual Art (Hons) at Adelaide Central School of Art in 2015. Her work has been exhibited at Hatched 2016: National Graduate Show at PICA, Floating Goose Gallery, & the Contemporary Art Centre of SA, Adelaide. Skeer is the recipient of the Arkaba Hotel Commission opening October 12th, 2016.