NATIONAL SELF REFLECTION
This morning marked the announcement of the second annual National Youth Self Portrait Prize winner at the National Portrait Gallery. The suspense and tension in the room was high as the presentation drew near, and with a gallery of very high quality entries it could have been anyone’s prize. The judge of this years competition, CCAS alumni Stuart Bailey, then promptly took the stage and delivered the verdict that NSW artist Hugh Merchant had won the prize with his work Hugh 2009.
Merchant’s work was a digital self portrait made by recording an image of himself from an LCD TV with a high definition video camera, this process was then repeated many times to receive the desired effect. Every time a new video was made the original image would loose clarity until finally he was left with a series of lines that resembled a finger print. Other prominent works that received a high commendation were ACT artists Torben Sko who made a digitally animated self portrait which was programmed to mimic the actions of the people watching it and WA artist Abdul Abdullah with his work Portrait as King Abdullah of the Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere 2009.
Of the short-listed works there were 3 local artists Torben Sko who is mentioned above, photographer Susan Nicole Gosper and printmaker Luke Chiswell (who is technically from Collector but lets not argue about semantics). Serge reporting from The NPG and photos by Yolande.