basil sellers art prize

ian potter centre - the university of melbourne

3 august - 4 november 2012

simon perry

Shortlisted artists for the 2012 prize and exhibition are: Brook Andrew, Richard Bell, Lauren Brincat, Jon Campbell, Eugene Carchesio, Greg Creek, Louise Hearman, Pat Macan, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, Simon Perry, Kerrie Poliness, Patrick Pound, Sangeeta Sandrasegar and Christian Thompson.

Shortlisted artists had eight months to complete their work for the $100,000 Basil Sellers Art Prize and exhibition, which opened at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne, on 3 August 2012.

More on the Basil Sellers Art Prize here.

Sculptor Simon Perry chats with Rohan Connolly about his entry in this year's Basil Sellers Art Prize (video).

About TWICKENHAM OFFICIAL:

In tthe early 1970's a young Australian man reintroduced the nude to the world of sport. Michael O'Brien stripped off and ran onto the ground at Twickenham Stadium during a rugby union match between France and England, reportedly to win a bet. From that moment, 'streaker' became part of the lexicon of big sporting arenas and for a time gave form to a new kind of public expression.

Simon Perry's sculptures take as their subject Ian Bradshaw's well-known black and white photograph of a gesticulating O'Brien being escorted from the ground, naked except for a strategically placed policeman's helmet. Michael O'Brien and the group of three policemen shepherding him are followed closely by a man with an overcoat hurrying to restore decorum to the scene.

O'Brien, long-haired and bearded, arms outstretched, has been widely described in popular media as a 'Jesus figure'. The facial expressions of those around him range from slightly amused to grim-faced. A field of spectators' faces forms the background of the image.


 

 

Exhibition Images

 

image: Twickenham official, 2012

 

 

image: Twickenham official, 2012

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image: Twickenham official, 2012 (detail)

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image: Twickenham official, 2012 (detail)

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