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Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize
Diena Georgetti 'The Humanity of Construction Painting' (2017)

Installation artist Callum Morton curates this exhibition of works by top emerging and established artists

This annual prize is one of our favourites because of its unique curatorial model: one artist selects roughly 20 of their favourite artists; each of these then chooses one of their favourite emerging artists. The resulting 40-or-so-strong line-up is a great snapshot of the Australia-New Zealand art-scape.
 
This year – the 21st anniversary of the Prize – Melbourne artist Callum Morton has curated the largest line-up in the exhibition's history, by dint of including 4 collectives and 2 artist duos. The other unusual feature of this year's line-up is that none of Morton's 20 established artists had featured in the prize previously (a deliberate obstacle he set himself as curator). 
This year's RKMAP exhibition features works by the following established artists (names in bold) and emerging artists (often with the works of paired artists presented in proximity to each other):

Zanny Begg and Shivanjani Lal
Damiano Bertoli and Anna Higgins
Jon Campbell and Kenny Pittock
The Barbara Cleveland Institute and Get to Work
DAMP and Pitcha Makin Fellas
Diena Georgetti and Spencer Harvie
Agatha Gothe-Snape and Ella Sutherland
David Haines & Joyce Hinterding and Niall Robb
Laresa Kosloff and Jessie Bullivant
Nicholas Mangan and Jamie O’Connell
John Meade and Jethro Harcourt
Dan Moynihan and Georgina Cue
Kusum Normoyle and Eugene Choi
Spiros Panigirakis and Marnie Edmiston
Lisa Radford and Kalinda Vary
Steven Rhall and Kate Ten Burren
Stuart Ringholt and Kara Baldwin
Daniel von Sturmer and Taree Mackenzie
Christian Thompson and James Tylor
A Constructed World and Amanda Lee Radoomi

The winner of the 2017 main prize (established artist) is Queensland-based painter Diena Georgetti; the winner of the emerging artist prize is Melbourne-based painter Kenny Pittock.

Georgetti was described by her gallerist Amanda Rowell as "a true artist's artist", and her work was described by one of the Prize judges, Justin Paton (curator of international art at the Art Gallery of NSW), as "strange and beautiful" and "clearly the work of someone with a head full of the history of painting".

Morton, who was not a judge, said he lives with one of her works, and that the winning work represents a "curious negotiation of the past – that's never sentimental or nostalgic".

Pittock's winning work, 'Fifty-two found shopping lists written by people who need milk' (2016), recreates in ceramic 52 discarded shopping lists he found in the milk section of the supermarket where he works.

By: Dee Jefferson

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