So, I entered a competition/exhibition in Gladstone a little while ago, and on my recent trip back, I checked it out…
A lot of it was utter crap, there were a couple of pieces I actually really liked, and some that would have been deserving of a prize.
But the shock I felt when I found the winning piece…. Winner of $10,000 might I add…
It’s about 80cm wide, unevenly constructed out of red and pink (which look gross in real life; the photo doesn’t do it justice) sheets of anodised aluminium.
Its title is ‘Vessel.’
It was so nondescript I actually walked right past it the first time round the gallery, and had trouble locating it even when I was searching 😛
I think in the back of my mind I had actually written it off as some kind of odd serving plate that was left behind.
Oh, but it gets better.
Have a guess how much the artist is charging… (this made me laugh)
$21, 120, the second most expensive piece in the exhibition….
Now, before this gets written off as sour grapes, here is a piece I actually thought deserved attention…
I can’t remember the artist’s name, Louise I think, and it was called ‘slip.’
The photo really doesn’t do it justice – it’s made of tissue paper folded/sewn many times, with minute writing in what appears to be sound waves. A lot of work was obviously put into it. The light plays off the different squares of the paper – it was the first thing I noticed when I entered the room, it was both an empty frame and a full frame. Stopped and made me think.
This, on the other hand, made me think for an entirely different reason…
The one down the bottom won a prize of some sort.
They also hung my work incorrectly – I entered two pieces separately yet they were hung together, as one piece – and thus made no sense.
I hate it when my work is misrepresented, even if it is in a country gallery.