PHILJAMES FINALIST IN WYNNE PRIZE 2021 AT ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

Philjames is a finalist in the Wynne Prize 2021 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
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Philjames
Spun idol
machined polystyrene, polyurethane and automotive paint
110 x 65 x 65 cm
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“Spun idol is inspired by Renato Bertelli’s 1933 ceramic bust of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, Continuous profile (Head of Mussolini) Profilo continuo (Testa di Mussolini). It stands as a pop cultural sentinel, omnipresent and ever watching. Like the monuments to devotion unearthed from ages past, I imagine it to be a speculative future historical relic to be discovered, or a monolith yet to be erected; an absurdist monument that is a testament to our time.” Philjames, 2021