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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.

They selectively breed themselves like wheat

Chris Weir
Layla Cluer

06 May 2017–27 May 2017

Dale dug a hole.

And stuck his head in it.

In The Australian Ugliness (1960), Robin Boyd exposes the rotting stumps that lie under the thin plasterboard veneer of Australian ‘taste’, what is on offer here is more of the same.

The selectively breed themselves like wheat is the most recent collaborative project between emerging Melbourne artists Layla Cluer and Chris Weir. Drawing on an overarching angst concerning “place”; the exhibition conflates aesthetics and ecology in a distinctly Australian context.

Nostalgia hangs thick in the oily air. Underneath the surface, discarded memories quickly petrify; objects consumed and spat out in favour of their form. Dale couldn’t care less.


  • The duration of this exhibition will take place on stolen land, belonging to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nations. We pay our respect to elders past and present—sovereignty never ceded.

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  • Chris Weir and Layla Cluer are both recent graduates from the Victorian College of the Arts Drawing and Printmaking department. Together and individually they have participated in a number of group and solo shows. Having operated jointly in a shared studio over the past two years, this is the first formal outcome of their ongoing collaboration.