Winner of the 2018 JADA
Sydney based artist Todd Fuller has won the 2018 JADA and $30,000 for his work titled Ode to Clarence a hand drawn and painted film, created during a residency at Grafton Regional Art Gallery. Todd's artwork was selected by the Judge of this years prize Anne Ryan, Curator of Australian prints,drawings and watercolours at the Art Gallery of NSW.
At the time, Grafton was undergoing a significant change due to the construction of a new bridge connecting the north and south of the town. There is a bittersweetness to this towns progress as it watches a new concrete pilot structure grow alongside the beautiful iron bridge that it has both loved and loathed for many years.
In this animation, a man arrives in town carrying a tiny piano, falling in love with the bridge, he plays his piano on the banks of the Clarence river while the new bridge is constructed. Akin to Nero fiddling while Rome burnt to the ground, Ode to Clarence explores changing rural identities and our relationships to them.
The JADA is proudly sponsored by the Friends of Grafton Gallery (FoGG).
Image Credit: Todd Fuller Country Link, Ode to Clarence (detail of mixed media and animation on paper still 6:42min) Courtesy of MAY SPACE Gallery
Todd Fuller Biography:
Todd Fuller’s practice integrates sculpture, animation, drawing, performance and painting to construct layered, multi-disciplinary narratives. His work considers notions of gender, commonality and difference, power and place within the human condition and an Australian setting.
Fuller has exhibited across Australia and abroad including the United States, Rome, South Korea, Bangladesh, England and Singapore and has undertaken international residencies to the Cité International Des Arts in Paris and the British School at Rome. He has also undertaken domestic residencies to Bundanon, Grafton, Hill End and Blacktown. Fuller was awarded an honourable mention at the 15th Asian Art Biennale. In 2016 Fuller presented a site specific installation with Tasmanian artist Karin Chan as a part of Dark MoFo.
Todd is represented by MAY SPACE, Sydney.
Works Acquired for the Collection
Anne Ryan selected five works for acquisition to the Gallery Collection, they are:
David Fairbairn Portrait of T.J.K No 1, Kedal Gear Haze, Nicci Haynes Drawing Dancing (an animation), Noel McKenna Silent Assassin and Claire Primrose Assembled Landscape 3.