The prestigious $20,000 Guirguis New Art Prize (GNAP) was awarded to Melbourne-based artist Laresa Kosloff for her short film, La Perruque, 2018, in front of a capacity crowd at the formal exhibition opening at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on Friday 5 April.

La Perruque, meaning 'wearing the wig' was created using commercial stock footage shot for corporate advertising and available online to build a fictional tale about an office worker secretly trying to write a novel during work hours.

GNAP19 judge, Melissa Keys and curator, Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne said, " the short film reflects Laresa Kosloff's sensitivity, humour and intelligence. In her work Kosloff creates a narrative in which an office worker is secretly writing an absurd multi-dimensional novel, in which his colleagues are the inspiration for his characters, including a time travelling con artist who invests other people's money in future markets with prior knowledge of the outcomes," she said.

The other finalists are; Benjamin Armstrong (VIC), Amanda Davies (TAS), Janet Fieldhouse (QLD), Caroline Garcia (NSW), Marie Hagerty (ACT), Matt Hinkley (VIC), Naomi Hobson (QLD), Grace Lillian Lee (QLD), Shirley Macnamara (QLD), Karen Mills (NT), Claudia Moodoonuthi (QLD), Raquel Ormella (ACT), Nicola Smith (NSW), Neridah Stockley (NT) and Tricky Walsh (TAS). Read more about the artists.

Now in its fourth iteration, GNAP19 promises to inspire and surprise audiences with a bold mix and unique snapshot of Australian art created by artists selected from the Northern Territory, Queensland, Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

Reflecting a myriad of historical and contemporary influences, artists explore ideas ranging from Australian cultural and social history, self-portraiture, identity and transformation and theories surrounding the fourth dimension, expressed through diverse media including sculpture, video, painting, textiles, printmaking, ceramics and installation.

Administered by Federation University Australia, the Guirguis New Art Prize (GNAP) is generously sponsored by local surgeon and philanthropist, Mr Mark Guirguis presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Open 10am to 5pm daily.Free entry.

GNAP19 ARTIST TALKS

Please note: Artist talks are presented at the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Post Office Gallery, dependent on the location of the artist's work.

LARESA KOSLOFF
SAT 13 APR @ 2PM
ART GALLERY OF BALLARAT

Laresa Kosloff makes performative videos, Super 8 films, hand drawn animations, sculpture, installations and live performance works. Laresa’s slick, seductive video La Perruque, meaning ‘the wig’, humorously explores the aesthetics of corporate culture and the ethics of doing the wrong thing at work, alongside themes of skulduggery, duplicity and creative diversion.

Laresa Kosloff talks about her winning video work La Perruque. (audio) (transcript in Word)

BENJAMIN ARMSTRONG
SAT 4 MAY @ 2PM
POST OFFICE GALLERY

Benjamin Armstrong's work examines a perspective on indigenous and colonial history in Invisible Stories: Port Essington fragments - a series of linocut prints and unique unprinted cut linoleum blocks relating to Australian author Mark McKenna’s book From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories, 2016, about Port Essington, located in West Arnhem Land, that analyses the early C19 British explorers and how they tried, and failed, to establish a settlement there.

NB: NERIDAH STOCKLEY'S TALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES
SAT 1 JUNE @2PM
ART GALLERY OF BALLARAT

Neridah Stockley's sublime abstract paintings, presented alongside and relational to her delicate ceramic objects, mirror and reflect her ongoing interest in ideas surrounding urban, remote, coastal and domestic places and landscapes.

Enquiries: Post Office Gallery 03 5327 8615 or Art Gallery of Ballarat 03 5320 5858
No bookings required. Free.

Image: Laresa Kosloff, La Perruque, 2018 (video still) 4K video Duration: 4 min Voice actors: Damian Walshe-Howling and Soula Alexander. Winner: GNAP19  Collection: Federation University Australia.