The prestigious $20,000 Guirguis New Art Prize (GNAP) has been awarded to Melbourne-based artist Laresa Kosloff for her work, La Perruque, 2018 and was announced at the formal exhibition opening at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on Friday 5 April.
From amongst 16 finalists, Kosloff’s winning work, La Perruque, meaning ‘wearing the wig’, is a short film made entirely out of commercial stock footage purchased online produced for corporate advertising. Using this footage Kosloff has reconstructed a fictional tale of an office worker secretly trying to write a novel during work hours in a tongue-in-cheek story created with a sense of intelligent and mischievous wit.
The 15 other finalists are Karen Mills and Neridah Stockley from the Northern Territory, Janet Fieldhouse, Grace Lillian Lee, Naomi Hobson, Shirley Macnamara and Claudia Moodoonuthi from Queensland; Amanda Davies and Tricky Walsh from Tasmania; Nicola Smith and Caroline Garcia from New South Wales; Marie Hagerty and Raquel Ormella from ACT, Benjamin Armstrong and Matt Hinkley from Victoria.
Now in its fourth iteration, this prestigious $20,000 prize exhibition showcases artists from Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, Queensland and Tasmania, at Federation University Australia’s Post Office Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Reflecting a myriad of historical and contemporary influences, GNAP19 artists explore ideas ranging from Australian cultural and social history, self-portraiture and identity to theories surrounding the fourth dimension, expressed through video, painting, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and installation.
Through a unique partnership, Federation University presents this important exhibition and art prize at the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the School of Arts, Post Office Gallery, Ballarat, from 30 March to 2 June.
Accepting her award Laresa Koslof said, “I’m absolutely delighted to receive the Guirguis Prize, which has so much respect within our field. Not only is it a tremendous honour but so helpful in a practical sense, as it will enable me to put even more resources and time into my art practice.”
“There are so many exceptional artists in this year’s exhibition and I’m very excited to be showing my work alongside them. Thank you to Mark Guirguis for his generous patronage and belief in contemporary art.”
Curator of Federation University’s Post Office Gallery, Shelley Hinton added that a prize of this magnitude is significant in providing the opportunity for contemporary artists to develop their artistic practice.
“Laresa is a worthy winner having been dedicated to her practice over many years and creating a work that is intelligently structured and steeped in satire, epitomising what we all either know or experience at work or in office life. By her clever collaging of characters, editing and story adaptation, Laresa has created an impressive fictional and insightful work that by way of its very construction cleverly illustrates and articulates aspects of Australian culture,” Ms Hinton said.
“The University is again very grateful to Mark and Carolyn Guirguis for their generosity supporting Australian contemporary artists and to the Art Gallery of Ballarat for partnering with the University to present this important exhibition and prize in Ballarat. We are also very fortunate to be able to bring important Australian artists to Ballarat as a result of the Prize.”
Philanthropist Mark Guirguis said on the night, “Now that the Prize has gained a national reputation, it emphasises the importance of contemporary art and culture and highlights the significance of the Prize to FedUni’s Arts Academy, the Art Gallery of Ballarat and to the regional city of Ballarat.”
ARTIST TALK – LARESA KOSLOFF
Sat 13 Apr @ 2pm
Art Gallery of Ballarat
No bookings required