Gill & Dupont take to the podium - Art Collector

Image: Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont, Gymnasium, 2010. Single-channel HD video, colour, sound, 3 min 52 sec. Courtesy: the artists and Goddard de Fiddes, Perth

11 August 2010 | Perth-based artists Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont have won the $100,000 Basil Sellers Art Prize for their collaborative video work Gymnasium.

Dr Chris McAuliffe, director of the
Ian Potter Museum of Art and one of the judges for this year’s prize, praised the work for elegantly addressing “the beauty, aspiration and ambiguities of physical prowess and achievement in sport”.

McAuliffe also compared the work to the musicals of Busby Berkeley, the Ziegfield follies and the propaganda films of Leni Riefenstahl.

“The judges were struck by the ambition and disciplined execution of this video work. It combines humour, careful research and complex orchestration of performers.”

The collaborative duo was selected from a field including Richard Lewer, Noel McKenna, Juan Ford and Tony Schwensen.

The prize exhibition will be on view at the
Ian Potter Museum of Art in Melbourne until 7 November 2010.