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Two SCA students receive the DOMINIK MERSCH GALLERY Award


12 December 2013

'Minding My Own Mirrors' by Danica Knezevic, a collection of video works and 5.1 surround sound. Photo: Danica Knezevic.
'Minding My Own Mirrors' by Danica Knezevic, a collection of video works and 5.1 surround sound. Photo: Danica Knezevic.

Sydney College of the Arts students Danica Knezevic and Julian Day were both awarded the annual Dominik Mersch Gallery Award at the opening of the 2013 postgraduate degree show at the University of Sydney's school of contemporary art in Rozelle on 4 December 2013.

The emerging, Sydney-based artists, currently completing their Master of Fine Arts degree, were chosen amongst 50 master's and PhD students exhibiting their final year works. Danica's and Julian's works will be displayed in the Dominik Mersch Gallery in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney, from 23 January to 1 March 2014.

Dean and Director of SCA, Professor Colin Rhodes said: "This is a great endorsement by one of Sydney's top contemporary art galleries. It gives our artists a fantastic opening for reaching a wide and appreciative audience."

"My work has evolved over the past several years, through much experimenting in my studio at SCA and in various exhibition spaces across the country. This is a welcome opportunity to also present it to future curators, collectors and collaborators," said Julian Day.

"The Dominik Mersch Gallery is an outstanding institution that houses work by several artists who have inspired me. As my work is site-responsive, I am looking forward to physically exploring the Gallery and finding ways to reflect the existing sonic properties of the Gallery's architecture," he said.

'Lovers' by Julian Day, a sculptural intervention in which two synthesizers are pinned vertically between the floor and ceiling by metal rods. Photo: Julian Day.
'Lovers' by Julian Day, a sculptural intervention in which two synthesizers are pinned vertically between the floor and ceiling by metal rods. Photo: Julian Day.

"I have really enjoyed my two years studying at SCA. I have had an inspiring and fulfilling experience working with my supervisor and renowned Australian contemporary artist, Dr Lindy Lee, and the remarkable cohort at the Graduate School. Winning this award is an honour and an exciting opportunity that will allow my work to reach a broad audience," said Danica Knezevic.

Julian Day received the award for his series 'Lovers', a sculptural intervention, in which two pairs of matching synthesizers are pinned vertically between the floor and ceiling by long metal rods.

Within the work, the artist uses sound as an exploratory phenomenon to highlight materiality, agency and relationally. He seeks to draw attention to the active yet invisible material around us - the air - by creating situations in which airspace is activated through sound.

Julian is fascinated by the opposing human tendencies to co-operate and compete: "this is highlighted through our engagement with sound, an innately connective and intimate, yet potentially intrusive, material."

Danica Knezevic received the award for her series 'Minding My Own Mirrors', a collection of video works and 5.1 surround sound.

Her body of work is a collection of performance-based, audio-visual installations, focusing on understanding and cultivating the self. The artist believes that we need to be mirrored in order to reveal identities. The reflections in Danica's work represent her internal dialogue, as she mediates on her sexual, gender and ethnic identities.

Now in its sixth year, the Dominik Mersch Gallery Award provides exhibition space in its gallery for one or more artists from the SCA's annual postgraduate show each year.

"Giving new artists the opportunity to exhibit their works is the best way to support young and promising artists. Awards are an important means to give emerging artists a head start," said Gallery Director, Dominik Mersch.


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