Dipped in colour and drenched in light, we hand the paintbrush over to Huseyin Sami to curate this month’s MCA ARTBAR as it collides with Vivid Sydney. Let’s all take a moment to get to know the Western Sydney artist who is also tasked to illuminate the heritage-listed façade of the MCA when the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas returns to town this month.
Thank you, yes it should be a great event and I’m looking forward to seeing it projected myself.
It’s definitely been a great experience working with these guys, they are definitely a collective that understand and respect the creative journey of translating an artists practice into this format.
I didn’t know it’s was ARTBAR’s birthday! Happy Birthday! Its such a great event that the MCA hosts, its been fun to be a part of it on this particular occasion.
I suppose it’s an opportunity to curate a program of artists and works that I like in a temporal format, which is quite unique. And in some instances to try something new. To put on such a program for just one night is challenging, I wanted to make sure that there was a nice correlation between the works and the spaces.
Painting for me has always represented a strong presence in the art world both locally and internationally. Paintings importance is continuously highlighted by the number of artists still engaging with the medium. As long as artists want to paint it will always provide a value contribution to the contemporary art world.
I’ve selected a great list of artists to get involved this month.
We have Koji Ryui, Lara Merrett, Brendan Van Hek, John Nicholson, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Dan Hollier and Declan Rooney. There will be a variety of works and an opportunity to see how these artists each engage with idea of material and processes. There will be a photocopy printer in one of the spaces for whoever wants to print off a black and white work from one of the participating artists, an immersive balloon installation, colour fields works that will occupy the walls and floors and a few other great works.
I’m looking forward to seeing how all these works interconnect in the space and play off each other.
Colour – Material – Process
MCA ARTBAR curated by Huseyin Sami
Friday 27 May, 7–11pm
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Joining the MCA team in 2014, Bella helps communicate the Museums brand, exhibitions, programs and events. She likes to draw and is a Nick Cave enthusiast, book lover, avid ocean swimmer and gig-goer. Last meal on earth: parmesan cheese accompanied by a selection of pasta.