Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2017

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize!

Diena Georgetti (b. 1966, Alice Springs) has been awarded the established artist category ($25,000) for The Humanity of Construction Painting (2017) and Kenny Pittock was awarded the emerging artist category ($10,000) for Fifty-two found shopping lists written by people who need milk (2016).

The judges for this year’s Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize – Justin Paton (Head Curator for International Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales) and Judith Blackall (NAS Gallery Curator) and Mark Harpley (Visual Arts Coordinator, Redlands School) – announced the award at the opening night of the exhibition of finalist works presented at the National Art School Gallery in Sydney.

Discussing the winner of the established artist category, Blackall stated, “Georgetti is an artist whose work merits careful consideration, ‘slow viewing’, as her approach is complex and links to rigorous aesthetic, intellectual and historical values.”

Emerging artist Kenny Pittock’s winning work is a humorous and strangely poignant investigation into the everyday: 52 shopping lists discarded in the milk section of a supermarket. The artist has faithfully reproduced every detail of each slip of paper.  His use of white earthenware that materially appropriates paper, and his painstaking attention to detail is extraordinary.  The range of languages in the various shopping lists, the often intimate items the shoppers listed, and the occasional personal notes, are touching and, in a way, poetic.   Its down-to-earth materiality and emphasis on the hand and the eye makes an interesting juxtaposition to Diena Georgetti’s refined abstraction.

Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the annual exhibition and acquisitive art award highlights exciting developments in contemporary art and provides a platform for an artist-selected exhibition that features established artists alongside early-career artists. The exhibition’s guest curator, internationally regarded Melbourne-based artist Callum Morton made the selection in line with the Prize’s model, which sees the curator nominate established artists, who in turn each choose one emerging artist to create work for the exhibition.

Participating artists have no limitations on their choice of media or subject matter and can submit a single recent work to contend for one of two prizes. The main award for established artists is the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, valued at $25,000 and sponsored by Konica Minolta. The Emerging Artist Prize is valued at $10,000 and sponsored by Glenburn Pastoral Company (Brett Whitford).  Most works are available for purchase with the exception of the winning works that are acquired into the permanent art collection of Redlands School, in accordance with the tradition of the Prize. 

EXHIBITION
2017 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize
National Art School, Darlinghurst
28 March – 20 May 2017

Courtesy the artists and 2017 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize.