Thursday, 26 November 2009

The Shilo Project

I will be in The Shilo project at the Ian Potter Museum of Art opening 28 Nov 2009 to 14 Mar 2010

The Shilo project is based on Neil Diamond’s 1970 album, the cover of which features a connect-the-dots portrait of Diamond for fans to complete. The project invites up to 100 contemporary Australian artists to complete a ‘blank’ cover and will display their sleeves alongside those found in op shops completed by unknown individuals.

This kaleidoscopic exhibition of art and record sleeves is a tribute to pop idols, classic tunes, record collectors, fans and vinyl. At the same time, it poses conceptual challenges to artists. The original sleeve promises an image of Neil Diamond but doesn't deliver: When is a portrait not a portrait? Completing the puzzle reveals the portrait but may trash the sleeve.

Exhibition current until the 14 March 2010. The exhibition tour, managed by NETS (Victoria), begins at Mildura Arts Centre in March 2010 and travels to SH Ervin Gallery Sydney; Warrnambool Art Gallery; Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery; and Gippsland Art Gallery.

If you live in Australia you can check The Sunday Arts Show segment on it - should be such a fun show!