Winner of Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Award announced


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25 August 2008

An artwork which 'mingles' the past with the present has been awarded the Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Award 2008.

Patrick Lundberg from Ponsonby, Auckland was awarded the $15,000 prize money for his untitled work. Made from paint and plasterboard, his work features strata "disclosed through a wrenching of the piece from the wall".

"A further slow and careful picking at its surface yields lost layers of sedimentary paint. The detritus of past use and activity unveiling to mingle with present experience," he said.

The untitled work was selected as the winning entry from amongst 30 finalists from throughout the country, with the announcement made at an Award Ceremony held at the Waikato Museum on Friday night.

Currently in its eighth year, the Waikato National Contemporary Art Award is renowned for the challenging and often controversial entries it attracts. Natasha Conland, judge of the Award and Curator of Contemporary Art at Auckland Art Gallery, said a common element amongst this year's finalists has been a sense of curiosity.

"Sometimes provocative, sometimes subtle, these are objects and images which invite speculation, not only as to their physical and conceptual natures but also to their intention. In these terms they may be at once familiar and inviting while equally disruptive for our senses. All in all, the best of these works show a visual intelligence and a capacity for translating the multifarious domain of ideas into form," she said.

Mr Lundberg's work will be exhibited alongside the other 29 finalists at Waikato Museum until 30 November 2008.

The exhibition will offer visitors the chance to view outstanding contemporary art and the work of an internationally acclaimed curator.

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