GCS art award 2015
2015 GCS art award
Finalists 2015 Grace Cossington Smith Art award
GCS art award
exhibition 2015_media release.pdf
The Grace Cossington Smith Gallery and Abbotsleigh are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2015
Grace Cossington Smith art award. The winner, announced at 3pm on Saturday 7 November, will receive $15,000 and
the remaining finalists will each receive $1,000.
Entries were received from around the country from artists who created two dimensional artworks responding to the
The selectors, Anneke Jaspers, Assistant curator Contemporary Art, Art Gallery NSW and Dr Stephen Little, Head of
Painting, National Art School, acknowledged that creating a shortlist of only 15 finalists from 300 submissions
made the selection process difficult.
The diversity of the submissions revealed great rigour and quality from artists at differing stages in their
|JAKE BLASCHKA |
rebajas مصخ ,سفانم (Drawing as object 3) , Untreated steel, duratrans print,
perspex, fluroscent lights, timber,
Obelus 3, Aluminium composite panel, timber, fluorescent light, acrylic
Grave Fears, 2015 coloured pencil on paper, 40x45
Melancholy Mystery, 2015 coloured pencil on paper
Growth Solution #1 Sydney, 2015,sequins, maps, 132x175
View From the Forest Towards the Mountain (Crown Casino building Site), 2015, flyscreen
mesh, pins, tape, digital print on fabric, trimming, coreflute, bricks, 200 x 200
Cosmos, 2015,Photo Media, 75 x 100
Catching Moonbeams, 2015, Photo Media, 75 x 100
Order Anxiety, 2015, mixed media and collage on paper,150 x 110
Bigmouth Strikes Again, mixed media and collage on paper, 150 x 110
Chopsticks spinning in an empty bowl like the hands of time, 2015, mixed media and
collage on paper, 150 x 140
Falling in, 2014, Wax and egg tempera on board,140 x 94
Aisha Kandisha, 2015, oil paint on linen, 153 x 117
Liminal 2, 2015, Oil on Linen, 85 x 75
Mirage I, 2015, Oil on Canvas, 117 x 95
Mirage II, 2015,oil, marble dust, acrylic and aerosol on linen,36 x 26
Duplicity, 2015, Polymer acrylic on felt, 70 x 75
Ring Road, 2015, Polymer acrylic on felt, 70 x 70
Blue Mountains Close up, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 107 x 107
Red Sq Close Up, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 107 x 107
Ordinary, Extraordinary, 2015, Digital print from collage on archival paper, 82 x 103
Trace, 2015, Linocut, 45 x 180
New Earth (Magenta), 2015, Metallic Vinyl on Aluminium, 200 x 110
North West Passage, 2015, Acrylic and Resin on Aluminium, 110 x 90
Grey Topographical painting #2, 2015, Synthetic polymer on polyester, 168.5 x 124
Gradient Feedback Loop painting, 2015, Synthetic polymer on polyester, 70
Grace Cossington Smith art award announces 2015 winner
GCS art award 2015_media release winner.pdf
Jake Blaschka with his artworks:
rebajas مصخ ,سفانم (Drawing as object 3), 2015, Untreated steel, duratrans print,
acrylic, fluorescent lights, timber.156 x 104
Obelus 3, 2015, Aluminium composite panel, timber, fluorescent light, acrylic paint, 150 cm x 100 cm
The judges, Geoffrey Legge and Damien Minton from Watters Gallery in Sydney, announced that Jake Blaschka's
artworks Obelus 3 and rebajas were awarded the $15,000 prize for the
second Grace Cossington Smith art award.
Abbotsleigh is proud to sponsor this annual exhibition. The acquisitive art award contributes to the development
of an art collection that will provide an outstanding cultural attraction and learning resource for Abbotsleigh,
the gallery and the North Shore community.
Artists are invited to submit original, two dimensional artworks reflecting the theme of Making
Connections. This theme is inspired by the works of Abbotsleigh alumna Grace Cossington Smith, a
pioneer of modernist painting in Australia, who created brilliantly coloured observations of the world around
Anneke Jaspers, Assistant Curator Contemporary Art, Art Gallery NSW and Dr Stephen Little, Head of Painting,
National Art School, were the 2015 selectors and they chose the 15 finalists from 300 entrants. Each finalist
will receive $1,000.
Congratulations to all 15 finalists as well as the many artists who submitted their work for consideration for
Statement from the GCS art award judges Geoffrey Legge and Damien Minton
We were very impressed by 'rebajas' as a most accomplished collage which was purposely made to seem
unplanned and haphazard, because information which people are subjected to in their day-to-day life is
mostly unsought and haphazard.
This unsought information has been torn up by Blaschka, made indecipherable, and arranged in this seemingly
casual but visually fascinating arrangement, then photographed to become the large back-lit image which
incorporates shadows, suggesting it is being lit from the front.
The torn edges of the material used inform us that we are viewing torn-up bits and pieces of the unsought
information that besiege us, yet, at the same time, these torn edges are the very skillfully used aspect of
'Obelus 3' can be thought of as an-after image of the collage. The gentle light that surrounds it is
like the idea of truth eclipsed and made obscure by falsehood.
Blaschka is an honours student majoring in Drawing at Sydney's National Art School. His
work explores connections between art and advertising and questions the role advertising plays within our
contemporary society. His submission comprises two works:
rebejas a cropped image of large scale collages placed in a steel frame resembling back-lit bus
stop advertisements, while Obelus 3 is a dense black surface with remnant traces of
characters suggesting it could have once supported an advertisement.
The Winner was announced at 3pm on Saturday 7th November at the Grace Cossington Smith Gallery.
North Shore Times Friday 13 November 2015
Judges and Selectors
Judges: Geoffrey Legge, Director, Watters Gallery and Damien Minton, Gallery Manager, Watters
Selectors: Anneke Jaspers, Assistant curator Contemporary Art, Art Gallery NSW and Dr Stephen
Little, Head of Painting, National Art School.
Key dates 2015
Period in which work must have been completed: after 1 September 2014
Artists must have been a resident of Australia/New Zealand: September 2014 to September 2015
Submission of entry applications and fee: from 1 May -
CLOSING DATE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY 18 SEPTEMBER
Finalists notified, email, phone and website: 7 October 2015
Finalists’ artworks delivered to the GCS Gallery: 26 to 30 October 2015
Announcement of winner: 7 November 2015
Grace Cossington Smith art award 2015 exhibition: 7 November to 5 December 2015
Grace Cossington Smith art award 2015
Entries are now open to Australian residents 18yrs and over for a national acquisitive contemporary art
prize. The $15,000 Grace Cossington Smith art award winner and finalists’ artworks will be displayed at the
Grace Cossington Smith Gallery at Abbotsleigh, Wahroonga from 7 November to 5 December 2015.
Finalists will each be awarded $1,000 and will be selected by a committee nominated by the Director of
the gallery. The award is sponsored by Abbotsleigh and commemorates one of its alumni, Grace Cossington Smith,
who is known as a pioneer of modernist painting in Australia.
Artists are invited to submit original two dimensional artworks that reflect the theme of Making Connections. The
cost of entry is $50 for up to three submitted artworks. The winning entry will form part of the permanent
collection of Abbotsleigh’s Grace Cossington Smith Gallery.