Alright already ! The social secretary begs your forgiveness for not announcing that Adam Viekkanen is the ACT winner of the QANTAS encouragement of contemporary art ward for 2011. The poor secretary was totalled in Turkey when it all happened and yes, they lost it … but only temporarily. Adam was a CCAS studio resident in 2010 and CCAS Director David Broker was frequently heard referring to him as the “resident genius”. That is quite an accurate description because Adam is what we might call an artists’ artist. In other words Canberra’s arty types hold him in high esteem for a practice in which he continues to produce astonishing objects with the most unlikely materials. Adam can turn a pigs ear into a silk purse and its truly satisfying that he has been recognised with this prestigious award. Adam joins an elite group of ACT artists – Karena Keys, Tiffany Cole and Anna Madeleine to become the first bloke to win the ACT award. He also joins an incredible bunch of practitioners from every corner of the continent (pictured above). Adam will receive $10,000 in travel, $4,000 allowance and $4,000 for a public project. We hear from the humming birds that Adam might go to Brazil, Belo Horizonte in fact, to investigate the Brazilian propensity for arte povera. Although that is unconfirmed – leave it with the paparazzi.
The QANTAS Foundation encouragement award with its distinguished judges (Elizabeth Ann Macgregor from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Edmund Capon, Director of the Art Gallery of NSW, Kon Gouriotis and Frank Panucci representing the Australia Council for the Arts, Alan Dodge former Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and art collector Pat Corrigan) is based on a body of work and it recognises artists who will make an ongoing contribution to Australian cultural life. Its an incredible award for individual artists and it would be most unfortunate if it were not to continue in its present form ….
Below is a continuing history of Adam from CCAS’s comprehensive yet un-intrusive photo file.
CUMULOUS CLOUD A PARTICIPATORY PROJECT WITH PACKING PEANUTS
As part of his award Adam has already mounted a free community project called Cumulous Cloud where he invited people at two city sites at Tuggers and Gorman house to make clouds out of packing peanuts. The ideal project for an airline award Cumulous Cloud had no shortage of participants. It was a great one for the kids of course and effectively employed Adam’s skills in making beautiful (if not unusual) things out of pretty much nothing.