The 2009 B.E.S.T Contemporary Art Prize For Painting
FIRST PRIZE $10, 000
(generously donated by the TFP Foundation of Australia)
Glenn Barkley, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Artist & Curator, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre
Vasili Kaliman, Director, Kaliman Gallery
Joan Ross, Visual Artist
Exhibition dates: 5-22 November, 2009
Official Opening Night and Prize Awarded:
6-8PM Thursday, 5 November, 2009
2/39 ABERCROMBIE ST
Artist Talks: 22/11/09
Image: Emma Thomson, Ray, 2009, Lambda print, 92cm x 73 cm
I want something special
I want something special, generally was the response Emma Thomson received from models applying to her advertisement ‘Models Wanted’. This ongoing series of finding models in local papers, probes into peoples private lives and asks what they desire from life. Couples, single men, young girls and aspiring models offer themselves to the camera in search of something special. The models bring their own agendas to the photographs, collaborating with the photographer, they perform for the camera.
Emma Thomson completed her Honours degree at the National Art School in 2008. She has exhibited in a number of national group exhibitions and held two solo shows in Sydney. She has won several prizes including the Storrier Onslow NAS Paris Studio Residency, the Joel Corrigan Memorial Prize for Photography awarded by Pat Corrigan and this year her work was included in the National Photographic Portrait Prize, Canberra. This is her first show at MOP.
This exhibition is supported by the Janet Holmes a Court Artists' Grant Scheme. The Janet Holmes a Court Artists' Grant is a NAVA initiative, made possible through the generous sponsorship of Mrs Janet Holmes a Court and through the support of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts.
Image: Jai McKenzie, The Machine Stops, 2009. (video still)
GALLERY 2 The Machine Stops Jai McKenzie
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Telegram sent from Buckminster Fuller to Isamu Noguchi, 1936.
Jai McKenzie is a Sydney based artist, whose practice and academic research engages with issues concerning our relationship to photomedia technology and the related experiences of light, space and time. Her work has been exhibited regularly in Australia and overseas.
Image: Harriet Body, Mix Media, May 2009 (Video Still)
Mix Media is a video, a performance and a painting. Harriet blends these three artistic forms to present a visceral process of synonymous creation and destruction.
Harriet Body is a young Sydney-based video and performance artist, currently in her final year of studies at the College of Fine Arts. She has been a Committee member of MOP Projects since September 2008. She exhibited her work for the first time in a group exhibition of performance at Serial Space in October last year. Since then she has shown at an exhibition for women identifying artists at Kudos, and will be exhibiting the beginnings of her current ‘Spy Piece’ project at the COFA Annual in November this year. ‘Spy Piece’ is the working title for a year long durational project in which Harriet uses spy camera’s to survey and document her surroundings, she will graduate from the COFA with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in November this year.