Primavera 2013: Young Australian Artists

Art Life , Exhibitions Sep 13, 2013 No Comments

From Sharne Wolff

This is the 22nd Primavera with a new crop of eight artists hand-picked to display their work at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Several West Australian-born artists are starters in 2013 – probably explained by the fact that this year’s curator, Robert Cook, also hails from our largest state.

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The eclectic group include Thomas Jeppe, Jess Johnson and Juz Kitson, who’ve all made location-specific work for the MCA’s space. Jeppe might have been born in WA but now lives between Melbourne, Germany and Mexico and exhibits his work internationally. He has painted a series entitled Vista Verticals and installed a 17 metre façade on one wall of the Gallery. Kitson, ceramicist and creator of extraordinary things from exotic porcelains and a long list of other mediums that can include goat hair, deer hide and tulle, has adopted another corner and had her way with it. Johnson’s contribution comprises painting, pen drawings and a geometric carpet.

Heath Franco and Kusum Normoyle are both exhibiting video works. Franco’s include the wonderfully strange Your Door and Dream Home. They’ll be screened alongside the newly developed Televisions that continues Franco’s fascination with the trappings of suburbia while artist and musician Normoyle’s earsplitting public screaming performances are filmed in a range of arresting landscapes. An interest in human relationships is among other threads found in Brendan Huntley’s quirky paintings each matched with a three-dimensional mate, and also in Jackson Eaton’s emotive series of photographs entitled Better Half.

Until November 17
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney
Pic: Kusum Normoyle ?Accord with Air Tjentiste (still) 2012?single-channel digital video, colour, sound. Image Courtesy and © the artist.

Sharne Wolff

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