Mikala Dwyer

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Mikala Dwyer 1 (Photograph: Jessica Maurer)
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Photograph: Jessica MaurerMikala Dwyer 'Square cloud compound' (2010) at AGNSW
Mikala Dwyer 2 (Photograph: Mim Stirling)
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Photograph: Mim StirlingInstallation view: Mikala Dwyer at Art Gallery of NSW, feat 'The letterbox Marys' (2017)
Mikala Dwyer 3 (Photograph: Mim Stirling)
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Photograph: Mim Stirling'A weight of space' (2017)
Mikala Dwyer 4 (Photograph: Mim Stirling)
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Photograph: Mim Stirling'Divisions and subtractions' (2017) – detail
Mikala Dwyer 5 (Photograph: Mim Stirling)
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Photograph: Mim Stirling'The silvering' (2017)

Over four galleries, this exhibition offers a thorough overview of the Sydney artist’s playful, colourful and sometimes enigmatic work

When it comes to art that’s ‘fun’ it’s hard to go past Mikala Dwyer. The Sydney local has been bewildering audiences for over three decades with playful installations that imbue ordinary objects with an edge of the occult, while still keeping a sense of childlike innocence.

Dwyer’s latest exhibition, A Shape of Thought, expands on many of her go-to visual ploys (hello silver balloons) to explore themes including childhood, shelter and our relationships – between ourselves and with objects.

Dwyer has been given a long leash in this instance, with four of the Art Gallery of NSW’s contemporary galleries in which to unleash her playful modernist style. Walking through the rooms is a tour of Dwyer’s creative practice: in one space you’ll be met with a childlike yet mildly unnerving circular gathering of sculptures; in another you’re encompassed in the reassuring and colourful fabric folds of Dwyer’s suspended “cubbyhouse”.

By: Nicola Dowse

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