Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
01 Sep 2000 to 19 Nov 2000
Beata Batorowicz, David Jolly, Hangh Ngo, Charles Robb, Lisa Roet, David Sequeira, Natshuo Takita, Megan Walch, Michael Zavros
Melissa Chiu, then Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, brought together the work of nine artists from around Australia in an effort to survey the depth and diversity of issues addressed by young artists at the turn of the century.
The selection of work in Primavera 2000: Young Australian Artists included a focus on painting, though the subject matter was varied. Michael Zavros’s photo-realist paintings emulated male fashion photography. David Jolly’s paintings on glass portrayed jewel-like sketches of everyday life. Natshuo Takita’s atmospheric images resembled cloud formations or reflections on water, while Megan Walch’s paintings of sperm-like organisms were monumental and surreal. Some artists referred specifically to their particular cultural backgrounds: Hangh Ngo painted with lacquer and crushed eggshell, traditional mediums used by artisans in Vietnam; and David Sequeira collaborated with miniature painters from Rajasthan in India.
Primavera 2000: Young Australian Artists also explored the human body in its relationship to the natural and scientific worlds through photographic, sculptural and installation works. Charles Robb re-created a scene from a sci-fi thriller in which comatose bodies hung in states of suspended animation, Beata Batorowicz created headpieces and sculptures resembling national mascots, while Lisa Roet revealed human fears and desires through a humorous, yet sinister, exploration of our relationship to apes.
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.