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Note to our Artists

If any of our artists would like to write a blog about the processes used in creating their artwork, we would really appreciate it. It would  give our customers an insight as to how different types of artwork are produced, whilst being of interest to other artists and customers alike.
Many Thanks
Jan & David
Thanks to Shaun Hall for a fascinating and informative write up
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Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Sydney

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia reopened to the public on Thursday Mar 29. The new gallery is clean and open and provides the perfect space in which to showcase its vibrant collections. Following two international design competitions, years of planning and months of construction, it has a new building, with extended floorspace to house its collections as well as a rooftop cafe and sculpture terrace.
The terrace features Hany Armanious’ commissioned sculpture ‘Fountain’, an intertwined marble and blown glass creation atop a bronze sculpture ‘table’.
The Museum of Contemporary Art has reopened with 2 major exhibitions, Volume One: MCA Collection and Marking Time.
Volume One: MCA Collection
A retrospective showcase of work by over 170 Australian artists collected by the Museum of Contemporary Art over the last 20 years. Much of the work has been in the Museum’s archive for many years so this is a real chance to reflect on the breadth and diversity of Australian contemporary art. It aims to show the development that has taken place as new media such as film and video have become mainstream as well as the emergence of diverse cultural voices. The new art galleries serve this collection well, and they take full advantage of the new screen space and resource room.
Marking Time
This collection of work explores the way in which artists visualise time and its passing. It features work by eleven Australian and international artists, representing time across diverse media including drawing, watercolour, sculpture and installations.
There is also the opportuntity to view Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock’, a groundbreaking 24 hour video work which beautifully depicts the passing of time usng thousands of short extracts from cinema history – each corresponding to the actual viewing time of your visit. The scale of this work is truly staggering.
Here are some of my favourites from their collections:
Katie Paterson
100 Billion Suns
confetti cannon 3261, pieces of paper
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Contemporary artist Katie Paterson has created this work which focuses on brightest explosions in the universe, called gamma ray bursts- events which took place millions of years ago, and are now only visible from telescopes on Earth.
There have been 3261 gamma ray bursts photographed since their first sighting in the 1960s. The same number of brilliantly coloured discs are ‘exploded’ by MCA staff from a small pop gun, twice daily, to realise Paterson’s work for this exhibition. Despite the number of confetti discs, the explosions themselves are quite small and uneventful. Instead, it is the slow cumulative process that gives the work its life force. Like a growing pile of leaves, the confetti builds up day by day, leaving a colourful mound of paper at the exhibition’s conclusion.
Robert Macpherson January 1982
 
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Contemporary artist Robert Macpherson explains his piece in the following words:
I see a can of paint as a painting unpainted the paint fills/covers the interior surface of the can I see the can of paint is a painting I see the can is filled by a machine operatedby the machine operator who is employed by the paint manufacturer who is the painter the paint the machine the operator the manufacturer or me for seeing this I see the outside surface of the can has a printed design the manufacturer’s brand directions for use maximum coverage etc I see this as a painting I see the can unfilled as a painting who is the artist the paint the machine the operator the designer the manufacturer or me for seeing it
Rebecca Baumann
Automated Colour Field 2011
100 Flip-clocks, paper 
130 x 360 x 9cm 

Duration: 24 hrs
 
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
A kinetic sculpture consisting of a vast wall-mounted grid of 100 flip-clocks, each with their numbered panels replaced by paper cards in a variety of colours. The battery-operated clocks keep their own time, turning the paper cards on the minute and the hour, to create a kaleidoscopic field of colour.
 
 
 
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is situated in The Rocks, Sydney, NSW.