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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.

Transformation Vol. 3: A Better Place in Divine

Jingxuan Chen

02 March 2023–25 March 2023

Transformation Vol. 3: A Better Place in Divine is the final chapter of the Transformation trilogy, explores how reincarnation is projected in the game by metaphorically composing three archetypes of games: monopoly, hide and seek, and animal crossing. The work dreams a perfect regime and community that could possibly be envisioned in heaven. 

 The formation of this chapter needs to be seen in the context of the second chapter of the Transformation series, where the artist asserts that Transformation Vol. 3: A Better Place in Divine is the consequence of Transformation Vol. 2: A Romantic Incident. Trans Vol. 3 demonstrates another form of the loss of location, the ability to transfigure places into events. In the uncertainty of perceiving the size between oneself and space, the cognitive imbalance of the size of things unifies content and form, examining the deceptive yet unmistakable emotions, while at the same time, those self-forms are constantly oscillating between real or false appearances.


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  • Jingxuan Chen is a multidisciplinary artist based in Melbourne. The timely response to the dual experience of growing up in China and living in Australia presented in her work is that she simultaneously utilizes images that are culturally close and remote from the Australian experience and allows this oddity to be placed on the same level. Jingxuan's works reflect the changing social landscape of the new generation of Chinese youth, the normalization of numbness, despair, anger, and emptiness that exist simultaneously without awareness, an ideological void of hate. In 2022, Jingxuan completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of Arts.