Primavera 2011

For the first time, this year’s Primavera is being exhibited outside of the Museum in The Rocks, presented in unexpected and surprising locations. Each artist and artist group will be presenting one new work, another first for Primavera.

Art Exhibition previously on at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in The Rocks precinct, New South Wales, Australia.
From Thursday 08 September 2011 to Sunday 13 November 2011
Launch Thursday 08 September 2011, 6.30pm

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Artworks re-imagine the histories, stories and myths connected to The Rocks, and feature a range of mediums, including drawing, sculpture, photography, installation and video. Artists have also created new site-specific, participatory, and performance works that will be shown for the first time at the opening.

Primavera 2011 focuses on artists whose practices stretch beyond the confines of the gallery, intervening in public and private spaces; interacting with the natural environment, local communities, architecture and passers-by. The exhibition explores how artists can enliven the everyday and provide unique experiences in the city by re-imagining histories, stories and myths connected to our local areas.

Brisbane-based artist Eric Bridgman will plaster walls with photographic print posters that offer a darkly humorous exploration of racial tensions, stereotypes and gender roles in Australian sporting culture. Hiromi Tango and her collaborators will build a womb-like sculpture that she will inhabit over the course of the exhibition. The sculpture reflects the artist’s desire to understand the malleable nature of identity and the changing boundaries between her-self and others.

MCA opening reception 6.30pm – 8.30pm at The Argyle, Level 1, 18 Argyle Street.

IMPROVISED SMOKE DEVICE
Saturday 10 September, 12.30pm
Join us for this family-friendly artwork on the shores of Circular Quay. Experience a loud ‘crack’ and short burst of bright light before multi-coloured smoke gently plumes into the sky. This celebratory and short-lived artwork by Rebecca Baumann is inspired by the Indian Festival of Colours. This performance will take place at First Fleet Park * weather permitting.

OPENING WEEKEND ARTIST TALKS
Saturday 10 September, 11.00am – 12.00noon
Join exhibiting artists Eric Bridgeman, Tom O’Hern, Keg de Souza and Hiromi Tango for a talk about their work.

Sunday 11 September, 11.00am – 12.00noon
Join exhibiting artists Rebecca Baumann, Brown Council, Jess Olivieri & Hayley Forward, and Tessa Zettel & Karl Khoe for a talk about their work.

Artist Talks will commence from the MCA Foyer at 140 George Street.

JOEY/BABY (DON’T GET CRAZY)
Saturday 10 September, 2.00 – 3.00pm
In the tradition of propaganda posters and street paste-ups, ‘Boi Boi the Labourer’, one of Eric Bridgeman’s alter-egos, is performing the task of pasting multiple posters of Bridgeman’s new work Joey/Baby (don’t get crazy) 2011 across the MCA’s construction hoardings. Being a football enthusiast and a sucker for love ballads, Boi Boi is getting to work with his iPod and essentials in hand. * Weather permitting

CHANGING OF THE GUARD: SPECULATION
Sundays 4.45 – 5.00pm
Each week Jess Olivieri and Hayley Forward with the Parachutes for Ladies will invite people to ‘speculate’ on the future. These predictions will be read by a Visitor Services Officer and broadcast over a DIY public address systems throughout the Rocks. On the closing day of the exhibition an accumulation of the speculations will be read. This work will be broadcast throughout the exhibition space.