WINNERS

SOPA Artist at the Armory Award Winner

Colin Fraser
Retaining Tradition in the Face of Death
Statement

The work is firstly a celebration of Harris Tweed, a material which can only be woven by islanders on their crofts in the western isles of Scotland and protected by their own act of Parliament. The environmentally sensitive tweed production process has been passed down through generations but struggled through the last 20 years, and many weavers were forced to leave the industry, the skull represents the industry downturn and struggle. Thankfully the industry recently experienced a resurgence, with the few remaining weavers in high demand and training a new generation.

Biography

The majority of my experience is in the art installation, production and transport field. I have worked for organisations such as Sculpture By The Sea and Sculpture at Scenic World as well in one on one in artist studios and looking after private collections. Over the last 2 years I have been submitting my own work exhibiting at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and The Waringah Creative Space. I am currently in a collaboration project with 5 other sculptors, exhibiting in June.

Materials

Mild steel (4mm-6mm) & Harris Tweed

Dimensions

1500 x 1200 x 1200mm

Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio Residency and Mentorship Award Winner

Luke Nguyen
One Thousand Cranes (Birds)
Statement

As a Sydney based artist, Nguyen primary’s concern has always been ‘the process’, including all the details that emerge throughout. This journey can entail a commencement, not necessary a conclusion. The act of creating an artwork, including the connection ensured with the immediate subjects, are far more relevant to his artistic practice, compared to the final result that will be presented in the ‘limbo-like’ gallery space. This continuity goes beyond laws of aesthetics, which Luke intends to constantly challenge. To him, it is the emptying of the “doing”, which distributed across time, location and social encounters that leads him to enlightenment. By: Curator Pearl De Waal

Biography

Luke Nguyen is a Sydney based artist and photographer, who graduated from Sydney College of the Arts in 2010. Since then, he has been utilising many different mediums, including photography, video, poetry, installation and collage for his art projects. He has had participate in many group exhibitions at various art galleries throughout Sydney such as Gaffa gallery, UP SPACE gallery, Gallery Red and Tap gallery. Currently, Luke is working on an upcoming group exhibition Lumenal with Tap gallery, whereby he is using projected live stream videos, time delay and constructed reality for this aforementioned exhibition.

Materials

Dry leaves, tree branches, barks and dry grass

Dimensions

3000 x 10000 x 10000mm

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