Eric Bridgeman wins Substation Prize 2013 - Art Collector

Eric Bridgeman, In the Project, 2012, production still of video work. Courtesy: the artist, Tanya Harnett, Gallerysmith, Melbourne and Substation, Melbourne

23 October 2013 | Multidisciplinary artist Eric Bridgeman has won the Substation Contemporary Art Prize 2013 for his video work In The Project - a production shot is shown above.

The work came about during Bridgeman's 2011 residency at Lethbridge University in Alberta, Canada. He was documenting his residency through ritualistic video diary entries, and after being called "Blacky" by several locals he decided to step into the character of a toy golliwog. Surrounding himself with a collection of objects painted in lurid colours, he stated that he "gave in to being the best outsider that I could become."

This potent representation of the artist and the notion of belonging was awarded the main $10,000 Substation Contemporary Art Prize by judging panel Geraldine Barlow, chief curator of the Monash University Museum of Art in Melbourne, and Rachel Kent, senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

Phuong Ngo, My Dad the People Smuggler, 2013. HD video, 33 min 33 sec. Courtesy: the artist and Substation, Melbourne

Melbourne based artist Phuong Ngo was awarded the $1,000 Westie Award for his video work My Dad the People Smuggler. It tells the story of Ngo's father's history as a people smuggler and a refugee, and the artist's story as a second generation Australian attempting to define his own identity.

Laresa Kosloff, Eternal Situation, 2013, HD video. Courtesy: the artist and Substation, Melbourne

Laresa Kosloff was awarded the Substation Exhibition Award for her video work Eternal Situation, which explores human behaviour within the formal setting of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She was one of the six artists commissioned by Artbank at the beginning of this year to create new video works, and her works are held in the collections of Monash University, The University of Queensland Art Museum, and The Chartwell Collection in Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

The exhibition of shortlisted works in the 2013 Substation Contemporary Art Prize is on display until 17 November at The Substation in Newport, Melbourne.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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