Seven young artists announced for Primavera 2019

Seven artists who use language forms and poetic expression in their practices will form the ‘Primavera 2019: Young Australian Artists’. Now in its 28th edition, the annual exhibition showcases the country’s next generation of up-and-coming artists aged 35 years and younger. It continues to be a vital platform for emerging Australian artists and curators to present exciting new art.

Mitchel Cumming, Two fates/like a parliament…, 2016, hand-tufted Australian wool, 160 x 160cm. Photograph: Zan Wimberley. Courtesy and © the artist

The Primavera 2019 artists are Mitchel Cumming (NSW/The Netherlands), Rosina Gunjarrwanga (NT), Lucina Lane (VIC), Aodhan Madden (VIC/France), Kenan Namunjdja (NT), Zoe Marni Robertson (NSW) and Coen Young (NSW).

This year’s exhibition is curated by Sydney artist, Mitch Cairns whose own practice is centred on painting.

For this group show, Cairns brings together an artist-led exhibition, curating the show to embrace each artist’s original approach to their art-making practice. The exhibiting artists straddle various media combining painting, drawing, sculpture, sound, video and text-based works, exploring ideas around the museum as institution, intergenerational relationships, and different notions of communication, both written and spoken.

Coen Young, study for a mirror 1 (July), 2017, acrylic, urethane and silver nitrate on paper, private collection, Sydney. Courtesy the artist and Kronenberg Mais Wright, Sydney © the artist

On the exhibition, Cairns said: ‘The artists participating in Primavera 2019 collectively embrace cultural connection, poetic registers and the vast spectrum of painting in their articulation of new language forms. I have primarily been guided by my work as a painter, as well as an artist with an interest in language and the written word.’

‘Primavera 2019: Young Australian Artists’ will be on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia from 11 October  to­ 9 February 2020.