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4 October-2 December 2012


Kate Mitchell
Fall Stack (production still) 2012
5 channel HD colour video
Image courtesy and © the artist

Dion Beasley
Animals From Overseas – Running 2011
soft ground etching and aquatint
Image courtesy and © the artist
Photograph: Rhett Hammerton

Justine Varga
Lightform 7 (still) 2009
video transferred to DVD
Image courtesy the artist and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide
© the artist

Todd McMillan
albatross (still) 2011-12
16 mm film
Image courtesy and © the artist

Teho Ropeyarn
Mandang Ikamba (detail) 2012
vinyl-cut relief print on 300gsm Arches Velin Cuve paper
Image courtesy and © the artist

Anastasia Klose
The Re-living Room 2012
Practising dancing in run up to performance.
Courtesy the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne © the artist

Benjamin Forster
Dialogue (detail) 2010
receipt printers, thermal paper, computer, custom software
Image courtesy and © the artist
Photograph: TJ Phillipson

Todd McMillan
whiskey in the kitchen (our still lives for Elizabeth David and CH) (study) 2011
projector, projector plinth, HD video, media player
Courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney © the artist

In a world of Twitter and Facebook, 24-hour news cycles and two-minute attention spans, re-imagine the world from a slower and more considered perspective in Primavera 2012. Enter into the imaginary territories, spiritual landscapes and private interior realms of seven young artists from around the country and explore the way art can take us to realms that exist outside of the everyday.

Discover new artwork ranging from drawing, printmaking, film and video to performance, installation and photography in the 21st edition of Primavera, the MCA’s annual exhibition of Australian artists aged 35 years and under. Enjoy a moment to be intimate and contemplative with artworks that embrace expanded notions of self portraiture and explore the threshold between our interior self and the exterior world. Primavera 2012 invites us into invisible worlds of memories, beliefs, thoughts and daydreams that question the alternate realities we construct and inhabit on a daily basis.

Tennant Creek-based artist Dion Beasley’s whimsical prints and drawings tell vivid stories of the camp dogs in the remote Aboriginal communities where he grew up. Teho Ropeyarn’s large-scale black and white prints feature totemic animals and landscapes from his home community in Far North Queensland, inspired by stories passed down from Injinoo Elders.

View the personal and whimsical photographs by Justine Varga in which she documents the minute details of her everyday environment, and Todd McMillan’s 16 mm film of a sea voyage he undertook off the coast of Tasmania to document the rare and endangered shy albatross.

Witness artist Benjamin Forster’s attempts to teach a computer to draw just like him, and Kate Mitchell’s pile of hand-counted 11,137 unshelled peanuts, one for every day she has been alive up to the opening of the exhibition – a comic representation of her life in nuts.

Melbourne-based artist Anastasia Klose will relocate to the MCA gallery to re-enact a two-month period of unemployment, watching television, eating junk food and dancing to music video clips in her endurance performance The Re-living Room (2012).


Primavera is an annual exhibition for Australian artists aged 35 years and under. The Primavera exhibition series was founded through the generous benefaction of Dr Edward Jackson AM and Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM and their family in memory of their daughter and sister Belinda.

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