'SPLASH' with Annabelle Kingston / by Sanja Pahoki

at Lon Gallery, 21 Easey Street, Collingwood, VIC

LON Gallery is delighted to present Splash, a two person exhibition by Annabelle Kingston and Sanja Pahoki.

Please join us for the opening celebration on Wednesday June 22, from 6-8pm. 

The exhibition runs June 23 - July 16

Sanja appears courtesy of Sarah Scout Presents. 

Refreshments generously provided by Mountain Goat. 


Sanja on Splash:
How I see it. A young mermaid rescues a young Annabelle Kingston from drowning off the coast of Cape Schanck. Years later, Annabelle returns to the same location, and once again manages to fall into the sea, and is rescued once more by a mermaid (Annabelle isn't sure what she has seen and what she has imagined). 

Using maps from a sunken ship, the mermaid decides to search for Annabelle in Footscray, sprouting legs when her tail dries. On finding Annabelle, they fall in love, but the mermaid has a secret, which will no longer be a secret if she gets her legs wet.

Annabelle on Splash:
Why is Sanja always running away? Where is she going? Is she going anywhere? Did annabelle fall in love with a mermaid and not realize it? Do we all wish we were waterfalls? Do you ever look at other people's memories and pretend you were there too? 

Annabelle making paintings from Sanja's memories in Iceland but Sanja always keeps running away. 

Alana, Annabelle's Manager on Splash:
a perfect splash isn't a splash at all, if ur a competitive diver you want to slice through the water like a sharp knife on a soft peach, hardly leaving a ripple

bad splashes: when ur talking and you accidentally spit, when ur hesitant to go in the ocean and ur friend splashes you and it’s cold!

good splashes: just a splash of bubbly please, a splash of perfume, the waterfall at the end of a long thirsty walk, a splash of pepper, cool water on a hot day, this show lol

sanja used to be annabelle’s lecturer when she studied photography. 

now annabelle is having a painting show with sanja. maybe that’s a bit funny that it's a painting show not a photography show.

a perfect splash isn’t even a splash at all

Adam, Lon Gallery Manager on Splash:
No one wants to get wet in winter. Luckily despite the title, that’s not the case with Sanja Pahoki and Annabelle Kingston’s new show, Splash at LON Gallery. The pair are setting up for the most inviting ‘Splash’ Melbourne has to offer in June.

The gallery is delighted to present new works from Kingston, who will be responding to a series of photographs and videos Pahoki developed during a residency in Iceland and more recently when visiting the Walter Benjamin memorial in Spain. The directors are excited to be showing works by Sanja after her thought provoking and well-received show at Sarah Scout Presents this year. Annabelle will be returning to LON after her inclusion at the gallery’s inaugural show, Be The Person Your Dog Thinks You Are.  

The fans on Splash:  
wow great artwork! i love it! can’t get enough!!!
Ideas are a dime a dozen.

Documentation Images by Adam Stone