Old technology wins prize for new art - Art Collector

Dane Lovett with his winning work Twelve Years. Courtesy: the artist

28 September 2010 | Dane Lovett’s painting of a stack of VHS tapes has won 2010 RBS Emerging Artist Award. “It is a monument to the obsolete,” declares Museum of Contemporary Art curator Glenn Barkley, one of the judges for the 2010 prize.

Lovett says of his winning work: “
Twelve Years is based on a photograph found online. I was drawn to this image of neatly labelled tapes as it was a reminder of life before You Tube, when retrieving your favourite TV shows, or home videos was a somewhat harder process. Ironically I could not have made this painting in the 1990s when this image was taken, because without access to google, I would have never found the photo on which to base this work.”

The work will now join the RBS Australia corporate art collection and as part of his $10,000 prize Lovett receives a place in an international development program plus an around-the-world airline ticket.

The judging panel, which also included 2009 winner Helen Pynor and Art Gallery of New South Wales director Edmund Capon, commended the work of Jacob Walker, Emma White and Locust Jones.

Also finding success were Catherine Nelson, whose work
Cloverdowns won the inaugural RBS Client Choice Award, and Stephanie Valentin, whose pigment print Earthbound earned the Employee’s Choice Award.

Jane O'Sullivan

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