Artists Callum Morton and Cigdem Aydemir have been announced as the winners of the acquisitive 2013 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, an innovative project that pairs established artists with emerging artists to encourage mentoring relationships. Callum Morton receives $20,000 as the winner of the established artist category while Cigdem Aydemir receives $10,000 as the winner of the emerging artist category.
The 2013 Redlands Prize and exhibition was curated by renowned Australian artist Julie Rrap who selected 21 established artists to participate in the Prize. Each of the established artists was then required to select one younger emerging artist to participate alongside them. The guest judge for the 2013 Prize was Edmund Capon who was tasked with selecting one established artist from the 21 pairings. Katie Dyer was the judge for the emerging category.
Callum Morton won the established artist category with his work “Cover Up #1,” a resin sculpture of an object shrouded in material as one would expect to find in a storage facility or abandoned room. In “Cover Up #1” the abandoned object is a de Kooning painting from the artist’s “Woman” series.
The work chosen by Katie Dyer as the winner of the emerging category, Cigdem Aydemir’s “Bombshell,” evokes an interesting dialogue when juxtaposed with Callum Morton’s work. In “Bombshell,” Aydemir presents a playful yet challenging video of another shrouded presence, this time a woman wearing a burqa. The video shows the woman’s burqua being blown from beneath Marilyn Monroe-style while ominous clouds loom in the background to the tune of loud booming sounds .
A free exhibition of all finalist works will be presented at the National Art School Gallery from 3 May until 1 June.