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Primavera 2014: Young Australian Artists

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)


24 September to 30 November 2014


Madison Bycroft, Ben Denham, Nick Dorey, Caitlin Franzmann, Hossein Ghaemi, Emily Hunt, Ishmael Marika, Barayuwa Munungurr, Sean Peoples and The Telepathy Project, Alison Puruntatameri, Lucienne Rickard, Marian Tubbs, Paul Yore

Curator: Mikala Dwyer

about the exhibition

Primavera 2014 was curated by artist Mikala Dwyer, who herself featured in the first Primavera. Mikala brought together the work of 13 artists from around the country in an exhibition that was, in Mikala’s words, ‘verdant and abundant and a bit messy and lively and unruly.’

Featuring Ben Denham’s drawing machine work; Nick Dorey’s alchemical installation; Caitlin Franzmann’s audio helmets; video work by Madison Bycroft, Hossein Ghaemi and Ishmael Marika; Emily Hunt’s wall hangings, ceramics and prints; Barauwa Mununggurr’s shelter and bark works; sculptures by Sean Peoples’ along with his exploration of unconscious communication with The Telepathy Project (Sean Peoples and Veronica Kent); paintings by Alison Puruntatameri; Lucienne Rickard’s fragile drawings; sculptural works by Marian Tubbs that incorporated 3D printing, found objects and visual imagery; and Paul Yore’s vibrant embroidered tapestries.

Mikala has said that in bringing this diverse group of artists together she ‘hopes and believes that the works will resonate through their proximity to and entanglement with each other.’ Since her inclusion in Primavera 1992 Mikala Dwyer has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. Her work is held in the MCA’s collection and has featured in several exhibitions at the MCA, including a major solo exhibition in 2000.

Primavera is the Museum’s annual exhibition of Australian artists aged 35 years and under. Since 1992, the series has showcased the works of artists in the early stages of their career, many of whom have gone on to exhibit nationally and internationally.

Primavera was initiated in 1992 by Dr Edward Jackson AM and Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM and their family in memory of their daughter and sister Belinda, a talented jeweller who died at the age of 29.

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