Totem to car culture wins Joondalup award - Art Collector

26 October 2010 | Signifying Australian car culture and its totemic status, Graeme Burge’s Totem for a Head with Branded Hide, Swearing at the Sun won the City of Joondalup’s $12,500 Overall Acquisitive Award.

This year’s judges included artists Paul Caporn and Kate McMillan, as well as John Curtin Gallery Director, Chris Malcolm. They described Burge’s work as harmonious, saying it “animates and softens what is otherwise a harsh and ubiquitous utilitarian object”.

George Egerton-Warburton won the $1,000 Celebrating Joondalup Award for his work
Untitled and the $1,000 Award for Excellence went to Benjamin Kovacsy for his work Taracea Skateboards.

The award is open to Western Australian artists and is now in its 13th year. Past winners have included Gosia Wlodarczak-Sarneka and Shane Pickett.


Michelle Langley

Above: Grant Burge, Totem for a Head with Branded Hide, Swearing at the Sun.


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