The photographic work “Virus Prepper” wins the first prize

The QPRC 2022 Art Awards $5000 Acquisitive Art Award was announced last night at the Q Exhibition Space in Queanbeyan, it was awarded to Braidwood photographer Frank Lindner, for his portrait which he described in his Artist Statement…

“It started out as a family portrait. Nonetheless, it was that image that captured the anticipation of how we were going to have to adapt to the impending lockdown mandates. The notion or allusion to the superhero doesn’t was intended only to mask the inevitable discomfort that we were about to live with humor.

This year’s judges, Canberra Museum and Gallery Director Dr Sarah Schmidt and Goulburn Regional Art Gallery Director Yvette Dal Pozzo described the work as…

“The artist somehow captures the zeitgeist where we experience the collision of mundane/domestic and unprecedented/alien worlds. The work calls for an acknowledgment of superhero effort and the tensions involved between maintaining daily rhythms such as cooking a chicken on a spit, and pursuing the expression of creativity and artistic creation.

Frank said “it’s exciting to receive the award for a private photo.” There was a possibility that it expressed something about the weird times we went through. This prize affirms this vague feeling: to have it accepted as public art. Thank you QPRC, sponsors and helpers of Bendigo Bank, I am humbled and encouraged to do more pictures.

QPRC Team Leader for Culture, Arts and Museums, Janita Byrne, who coordinates the awards, said she was extremely happy to have this work of art, a visual time capsule of our COVID era, join the Council’s art collection. It is important that these types of works are preserved in public collections, visually enriching and informing future viewers about the perspectives of individual experience in our region.

Other winners included; the $1,000 Bendigo Pick Award won by Braidwood artist Kate Curruthers for her oil painting ‘Rain on the way’. The $2,000 Emerging Artist Award for 18-29 year olds was won by artist Wamboin Mahala Hill for his sculptural work ‘Mutated I’, in ceramic, bone and glass. The $3,000 3D Prize, won by Krawarree artist Karen Warburton for “UPCYCLE,” a three-dimensional wood assemblage mural.

There is still the public prize of $1000 to be won, visitors to the exhibition can vote for their favorite work during the rest of the fair. The exhibition team points out that this prize rarely goes hand in hand with the judge’s choice and that it can be quite surprising to know who gets the most votes, much like the Archibald prize. The QPRC Art Awards exhibition continues until June 11 at The Q Exhibition Space, Queanbeyan, open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm.

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Michael E. Marquez