Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
28 Jul 2009 to 25 Oct 2009
This exhibition presented the work of Australian artist Louisa Bufardeci alongside Japanese artist Zon Ito. Spanning sculpture and installation, wall drawings, digital prints and animation, the exhibition was the fourth in a series of ‘international pairing’ projects that position Australian contemporary art within a wider, global context. The exhibition was a two-person presentation, rather than collaboration, and the international peer was selected on the basis of shared material or conceptual affinities.
Louisa Bufardeci draws upon statistical data, sourcing information from the public domain including the CIA Fact Book, the national census and opinion polls. She translates this information into colour charts, maps and architectural diagrams and in doing so, draws playful attention to gaps, biases and inequalities. For her MCA exhibition, Bufardeci created an ambitious site-specific floor piece using information about Sydney residents.
Zon Ito creates intricate embroidered canvases and flags, cut paper, clay and fabric assemblages and playful hand-drawn animations. This was the artist’s first major solo presentation in Sydney and the exhibition displayed a selection of works that provided depth and insight into his practice across numerous media.
Parallels may be found in the work of Bufardeci and Ito in their symbolic use of colour and ordered forms, along with their interpretation and unconventional use of space.
This exhibition was supported by Asialink and The Japan Foundation.
Following it’s presentation at the MCA, the exhibition showed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo from 22 October 2008 to 12 January 2009.