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01
Jun
10

Exhibition: ‘Birthmark’ by Owen Leong at Anna Pappas Gallery, Prahran

Exhibition dates: 13th May – 5th June 2010

 

Owen Leong. 'Chi' 2009-2010

 

Owen Leong
Chi
2009-2010
Pigment print on archival paper
73 x 73cm, edition of 5
Courtesy of the artist and Anna Pappas Gallery

 

 

Apologies for the late posting on this exhibition but I only received the images for the posting today.

A strong body of work by Owen Leong, twelve portraits of Asian-Australians, their faces digitally overlaid with the unique wing patterns of the Bogong moth, an insect often seen as a pest in Australia. Uniformly lit, of consistent size and presented in modern white frames the series hangs quietly but impressively in the upstairs space of the Anna Pappas Gallery. Here the uniqueness of human physiognomy (and attendant modifications such as scars, piercings and tattoos) is symbiotically paired with that of the moth – it is almost as though one breathes the other – with the eyes of the humans occluded, becoming blackened pits.

The slightly amateurish digital blacking out of some of the eyes is my only point of contention: perhaps this was intentional (?) but sharp shape selections in Photoshop do not make for a good blend between layers of information. Be that as it may, Leong’s practice of selective breeding applied to humans has produced some beautiful, eloquent photographs that promote difference and diversity through a palpable intimacy with the subject matter.

Dr Marcus Bunyan

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Many thankx to Anna Pappas, Leah Crossman and the Anna Pappas Gallery for allowing me to use the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.

 

Owen Leong. 'Jac' 2009-2010

 

Owen Leong
Jac
2009-2010
Pigment print on archival paper
73 x 73cm, edition of 5
Courtesy of the artist and Anna Pappas Gallery

 

Owen Leong. 'Justin' 2009-2010

 

Owen Leong
Justin
2009-2010
Pigment print on archival paper
73 x 73cm, edition of 5
Courtesy of the artist and Anna Pappas Gallery

 

Owen Leong. 'Raina' 2009-2010

 

Owen Leong
Raina
2009-2010
Pigment print on archival paper
73 x 73cm, edition of 5
Courtesy of the artist and Anna Pappas Gallery

 

 

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15
May
10

Monash Gallery of Art Bowness Photography Prize Call For Entries! Closes 30th June 2010

May 2010

 

Paul Ogier (Australia, born New Zealand 1974) 'Saint Stephen' 2009

 

Paul Ogier (Australia, born New Zealand 1974)
Saint Stephen
2009
Courtesy of the artist

 

 

Mark Hislop from the Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) has asked me to post details of the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2010. More than happy too. To see the standard take a look at the 2009 Finalists online. Details on how to enter are posted below. Have a go, get your entries in, you never know who will win!

Many thankx to the MGA for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a large version of the image.

 

Simon Terrill (Australian, b. 1969) 'Bank of England 9AM' 2009

 

Simon Terrill (Australian, b. 1969)
Bank of England 9AM
2009
Courtesy of the artist

 

 

The Monash Gallery of Art Foundation is pleased to announce the CALL FOR ENTRIES for the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2010.

The MGA Foundation will once again showcase the work of Australia’s best photographers in Australia’s most coveted photography award. Photographers from all over Australia are encouraged to submit entries to this year’s Bowness Photography Prize. Each year, finalists are drawn from the breadth of Australian photographic practice: editorial, commercial, street and fine art.

In recognition of the support shown the prize by Australian photographers, prize money for this year’s award has increased substantially. Last year, a record 459 photographers submitted entries in anticipation of the $20,000 non-acquisitive first prize. In 2010, photographers will be competing for $25,000 first prize and $1,000 People’s Choice Award.

The winner of the 2010 Bowness Photography Prize and Honourable Mentions will be announced on Thursday night 23 SEP 2010 during a cocktail party held at MGA. Winners and finalists will enjoy unprecedented visibility for their work. All finalists will be published on MGA’s flickr page and included in a substantial catalogue. The winner will receive the $25,000 first prize. And in recognition of the strength of the prize and MGA’s commitment to promoting the best of contemporary Australian photography, Honourable Mentions will have the opportunity to stage an exhibition at MGA.

This year’s entries will be judged by Gael Newton, Senior Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Australia, Max Pam, Australian photographer, and Shaune Lakin, Director of MGA.

 

About the BOWNESS Photography Prize

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. The Bowness Photography Prize has quickly become Australia’s most coveted photography prize. It is also one of the country’s most open prizes for photography. In the past, finalists have included established and emerging photographers, art and commercial photographers. All film-based and digital work from amateurs and professionals is accepted. There are no thematic restrictions.

The 2009 Bowness Prize recipient was Paul Knight. Since winning the Prize, Knight has received an Australia Council for the Arts Skills and Development Grant and is currently presenting new work at the prestigious international artfair Art Cologne.

 

Jane Burton (Australian, b. 1966) 'Ivy # 3' 2009

 

Jane Burton (Australian, b. 1966)
Ivy # 3
2009
Courtesy of the artist and Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

 

Owen Leong. 'Justin' 2009

 

Owen Leong
Justin
2009
Courtesy of the artist and Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne

 

Paul Knight (Australian, b. 1976) '14 months # 01' 2008

 

Paul Knight (Australian, b. 1976)
14 months # 01
2008
Courtesy of the artist and Neon Parc, Melbourne
Winner of the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2009

 

 

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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His art work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes Art Blart, a photographic archive and form of cultural memory, which posts mainly photography exhibitions from around the world. He holds a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts (Fine Art Photography) from RMIT University, and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

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