Congratulations to the 2017 ILT Art Awards winners
Max Patté Animal Magnetism
To me this work is a contemporary version of Bridget Riley’s Op Art where geometric forms produced sensations of movement or colour. I have to admit I was like a moth to a flame with this work. In the time between seeing the digital entries and the real works this was the piece I kept thinking about. This work ticks all the boxes as a blend of art, design, technical skill, innovation, and creativity combined with modern materials and technology. There is harmony in the mathematical accuracy and such precision and yet this illuminated piece resonates in a human way. I like the experience of this work, that it changes when looking at it and that it becomes a stage when people walk in front of it, creating silhouettes. Somebody out there, build a lighthouse for this I say!
Allesha Ballard The Sound of Silence
This is a quiet small work yet very cleverly, using manipulated digital photography on transparent film the interplay between 2 and 3 dimensions evokes a sense of space that the viewer can enter. Layered memories, abandonment and nostalgia, so many connections can be made to this piece which performs its title beautifully and is sensitively put together.
Karen Scott Introduced
The aesthetic quality of the work with bold patches of colour building up detail and structure so descriptively show that it is obvious the artist is at one with the medium of paint. There is some intrigue, topical political and environmental relevance and I kept returning to those stares. This uncanny element reminds me of the portraits of Lucian Freud who said ‘The simplest human gestures tell stories.’
Southland Resident Award
Katherine Buess Blueprint
This work is a poignant tribute to life lived and while in dedication to a specific person, it also carries universal relevance. Everyday materials that are part of our lives have been used in the construction of the mosaic grid and I like the way these have been valued. Wallpapers, photographs, textures form different readings depending on if you view the work up close or far away, which incidentally, gave me a sense of being an archaeologist. There is a lovely balance between the precision of laying down this materiality of life and evidence of the hand of the maker.
Also, there is a surprise. Blair Smith, a renowned Dunedin Jeweller who has passed away before his time used to put something on the back of the brooches he made, something that was as secret just for the wearer. I was delighted to see a similar idea played out on the back of this work and a quote from Paul Klee which I will read out here in case it is hard to get to with so many people. “Is a visual created all at once? No, it is built up piece by piece, no different than a house.” – Please while viewing this work – be very careful not to touch it.
Year 11 - 13 First Prize
Laura Wallace Containment
The artist took up the challenge of rendering difficult qualities, not only skin and flesh but the translucency of glass. While the technique achievements are considerable what I am most impressed with is that this work communicates an abstract idea, a psychological state. It is inferred that the owner of the hands is looking at the contents of the jar as a specimen and there is a tilt to the composition which gives a feeling the jar may slip. This adds to the feeling of entrapment and despair, such an accidental escape would cause harm from shattered glass. I hope to see you at Art School one day!
Judges comments by Lynn Taylor