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Exhibition: ‘2011 Bowness Photography Prize’ at Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne

Exhibition dates: 15th September 2011 – 16th October 2011

Short-listed artists: Warwick Baker, Kate Bernauer, Magdalena Bors, Chris Budgeon, Elaine Campaner, Michael Corridore, Jagath Dheerasekara, Jackson Eaton, Cherine Fahd, Sean Fennessy, Anne Ferran, Phillip George, Dean Golja, Natalie Grono, David Manley, Olivia Martin-McGuire, Prudence Murphy, Harry Nankin, Catherine Nelson, Matthew Newton, Selina Ou, Max Pam, Polixeni Papapetrou, Geoff Parr, Sonia Payes, Drew Pettifer, Helen Pynor, Jacky Redgate, Simone Rosenbauer, Julie Rrap, Martin Smith, Simon Terrill, Claudia Terstappen, Glenn Walls, Rudi Williams, Alex Wisser, Yiwen Yao.

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Excellent photographs in the Bowness Photography Prize this year. A small selection of the short-listed artists are featured below. The dazzling winner was Light throw (mirrors) #4, 2011 by Jacky Redgate (see below). My particular favourites include David Manley’s sensual Eastern Distributer exhaust stack (2010); Simon Terrill’s textural Rivoli #2 (2010); and Catherine Nelson’s ocular world, Cloverdowns (2010). There are many good photographs. To see more finalists work visit the Bowness Photography Prize Flickr set.

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“Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual non-acquisitive William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation. Among Australia’s most important art prizes, the Bowness Photography Prize is the country’s most coveted photography prize. The finalist’s works were selected from approximately 2 000 photographs submitted by 432 entrants. In 2011, photographers competed for the $25,000 first prize.”

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Elaine Campaner
born Australia 1969
Australia Day #1 (Ford Falcon XR8)
2011
from the series Citizenship
pigment ink-jet print
93.3 x 140 cm
courtesy of the artist

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Simon Terrill
born Australia 1969
Rivoli #2
2010
chromogenic print
120 x 150 cm
courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

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Alex Wisser
born United States of America 1967
arrived Australia 1995
Blank canvass 2
2011
from the series Blank canvass
pigment ink-jet print
100 x 150 cm
courtesy of the artist

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This photograph is from a series called Blank canvass, taken during the course of my work as a real estate photographer for local newspapers. They were taken in houses that have been lived in by a single occupant or family for more than 30 years on the day of their sale by auction. Afterwards, we can only assume that they have been torn down and rebuilt or renovated beyond recognition. Like an anthropologist, I consider these dwellings from a distance, at the moment of their disappearing, wondering at the decisions of taste that are layered decade upon decade to compose or otherwise synthesise the identity of the people who have lived in them.

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Jacky Redgate
born England 1955
arrived Australia 1967
Light throw (mirrors) #4
2011
from the series Light throw (mirrors) 2009 – 11
chromogenic print
126 x 158 cm
courtesy of the artist, WILLIAM WRIGHT // ARTISTS, Sydney and Arc One Gallery, Melbourne

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Sean Fennessey
born Australia 1982
Father and son
2010
from the series Portraits of invisible people
pigment ink-jet print
95 x 95 cm
courtesy of the artist

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David Manley
born Australia 1963
Eastern Distributer exhaust stack
2010
from the series Entropy
pigment ink-jet print
55 x 55 cm
courtesy of the artist

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Olivia Martin-McGuire
born Australia 1976
Kris and Mier #1
2011
from the series Mother
chromogenic print
85 x 85 cm
courtesy of the artist

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Catherine Nelson
born Australia 1970
Cloverdowns
2010
from the series Future memories
pigment ink-jet print
100 x 100 cm
courtesy of the artist and Gallerysmith, Melbourne

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Helen Pynor
born Australia 1964
Liquid ground 1
2010
from the series Liquid ground
chromogenic print
160 x 110 cm
courtesy of the artist, Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne, and Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

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Chris Budgeon
born Canada 1955 arrived Australia 1984
Cory
2011
from the series Are we not men
pigment ink-jet print
90 x 67.5 cm
courtesy of the artist

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Monash Gallery of Art
860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill
Victoria 3150 Australia
T: + 61 3 8544 0500

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Tue-Fri: 10am-5pm
Sat-Sun: 12pm-5pm
Mon/public holidays: closed

Monash Gallery of Art 2011 Bowness Photography Prize website

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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes the Art Blart blog which reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia and posts exhibitions from around the world. He has a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently studying a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne.

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