STAYING OUT OF TROUBLE
This was my first trip to Kings ARI and Dudspace, namely because they’re situated on King Street. King Street is where the dark angels party, the Strippers, the Bikies and the Sporting Celebrities. I’ve been at least trying to stay out of trouble and proximity is a temptation best avoided. Especially during school holiday’s, when all the exposure to children can push folk into exploring escape mechanisms best left dormant.
Glad to finally get there, to see a new Feminist Art Icon born into Melbourne last night. Her name is Inez de Vega and the work that took us by storm, was a video projection called Dying not to be. Inez is the star; she dresses up and talks to camera, a sophisticated script that takes on the cliché of suicide within film. It’s an achievement to turn self-loathing into dark, dark humour.
All of the art was excellent, well-installed video works pulling a crowd that would be the envy of many a Biennial, Triennial or Art Fair. Natalie Thomas