Chris Bond wins $12,000 BalletLab McMahon Contemporary Art Award

Chris Bond has been announced as the inaugural winner of the BalletLab McMahon Contemporary Art Award (BMCAA), receiving a cash prize of $12,000, a four-week residency and an exhibition at Temperance Hall, South Melbourne.

“The BMCAA is the latest and most original contemporary art award honoring Victorian visual artists work at the cutting edge of practice. The BMCAA represents a shift away from traditional art awards by providing an opportunity for visual arts to engage with performative and interdisciplinary experimentation. BMCAA offers an alternative to institutional curated contemporary art awards by commissioning a new work that crosses art form and direction. We are setting a benchmark for visual arts curation at Temperance Hall”, says Temperance Hall and BalletLab Artistic Director, Phillip Adams.

Chris Bond, Offering, 2016, book, 21 x 15 x 6cm. From the exhibition ‘Magic Object, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, 2016’

This year’s judge was Max Delaney, Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), who selected Bond from a talented group of five outstanding Victorian artists including Lane Cormick, Eric Demetriou, Ruth O’Leary and Lisa Radford. These artists  were nominated by a committee of respected local curators including Serena Bentley (Assistant Curator, Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Michael Brennan (Independent curator and Artist), Hannah Mathews (Curator, Monash University Museum of Art), Patrice Sharkey (Director, Westspace) and Temperance Hall and BalletLab Artistic Director, Phillip Adams and philanthropist Dr Marcus McMahon who share a committee seat.

Bond’s practice involves the invention and embodiment of fictional artists, writers, organisations and scenarios that assist with the creative act. In his painting practice, the process finds an end in the form of painted facsimiles of imagined books, magazines, exhibition catalogues and correspondence. Within institutional settings, his installations adopt the conventions of museum display to convey unlikely, often fantastic narratives. In each of these forms, Bond combines identity fabrication and closely-worked detail in order to play with knowledge and perception.

Bond is represented by THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery, Melbourne, and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney.

Temperance Hall
24 August to 3 September, 2017