July 06

STAYING OUT OF TROUBLE

Dying not to be

video still, Dying not to be, Inez de Vega

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

Kings ARI and Dudspace exhibitions run until July 27 Level 1/171 King St. Melbourne

Julie McDonald and Inez de Vega

Julie McDonald and Inez de Vega

Sally Smith and Andie Webster

Sally Smith and Andie Webster

Ada Paul and Pani Fitzpatrick

Ada Paul and Pani Fitzpatrick

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Nabilah Nordin and Rachel Prince

Darren Munce

Darren Munce

Qio, Shannon and Marcus Engel

Qio, Shannon and Marcus Engel

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Michael John Joseph

Kirsty Milliken

Kirsty Milliken

Peter Westwood

Peter Westwood

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Ryan Wilson

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Darryl Leigh and Casandra FajehImage

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foot art