At the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, artists are challenging the traditional concept of portraits as paintings or photographs. They are embracing the digital world instead.
Seven artists made it to the final of the 2016 Digital Portraiture Award, an event organized by the Gallery to explore new expectations of portraiture in modern art. The works of the finalist are now on display.
“More and more artists are working with digital media, screen based media, to explore, really, the very boundaries of what a portrait can be,” explained Angus Trumble, Director, National Portrait Gallery.
Paul Mumme conceptual video-performance is one of the selected artworks. The work is a bizarre self portrait of a contemporary Australian artist.
“Why did I listen to my parents when they told me I could do whatever I wanted. So yes for a long time I have been seduced by the idea of quitting art,” the artist says in his self-portrait.
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