Big Fag Wins Big Prize

Yeomans Project – a print series by veteran aussie conceptual artist Ian Milliss, and Big Fag Press co-director Lucas Ihlein, has won the 2012 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award!

Above, you can see Lucas receiving a GIANT cheque from FAC director Jim Cathcart on behalf of the duo. (And a few more photos over here.)

(Lucas reports that he can now retire, having achieved his lifelong goal of “posing for a photograph with a giant cheque”…)

The set of prints was produced as part of a larger project investigating the work and influence of PA Yeomans – an important Australian agricultural innovator.

The prints were collaboratively designed by Ihlein and Milliss, and generated in the Big Fag workshop with prepress and printing contributions by Mickie Quick and Louise Anderson.

You can have a closer look at them over at our online store.

The 2012 judging panel consisted of Curator and art historian and President of Print Council of Australia, Akky van Ogtrop; Curator of Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC), artist and writer, Dr Ric Spencer; and artist, curator and writer, Julie Gough.

The judges said of Ihlein and Milliss’ entry:

In a tight layering of concept and research and through the process of offset lithography, the series references Land Art, commercial graphics, agricultural advertising and the history of topographical mapping.

Happily, the second prize was won by a buddy of the Big Fag, Ampersand Duck. Ampersand Duck is a letterpress outfit in Canberra, and the prize was for her delicious typographic work entitled Discontent.

As Ampersand quipped on the night, the real winner this year was obselete technology!

[A review by Darren Jorgenson of the exhibition is here].

Eloise Lindeback