|Reko Rennie heads to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards; Jonsi, from band Sigur Ros, talks about his solo album; Liz Ann McGregor and her 'Guilty Pleasure'; and Skipping Girl Vinegar perform.
This week on Art Nation, presenter, and an artist himself, Reko Rennie heads to Darwin for the 27th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards to find out who wins the prestigious $40,000 major prize. Reko is interested to see that as a result of the increasing number of Indigenous artists using new media in their art practice, a New Media Award has been added to the other much sought after awards, these include the General Painting Award, the Bark Painting Award, the Work on Paper Award and the Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D Award.
Art Nation also catches up with Jonsi the enigmatic lead singer of Icelandic band Sigur Ros. Currently touring Australia with his partner musician and visual artist Alex Sommers, Jonsi talks about his new solo album Go and his love of the natural world. Inspired by visual art, landscapes and the people of Iceland, Jonsi creates arresting and compelling sounds with his unmistakable voice.
The Guilty Pleasures segment sees none other than Liz Ann McGregor, Director of the MCA. Liz Ann confesses the shocking and amusing story of how her love affair with literature went horribly wrong. She's a crime fiction addict - but not just any crime fiction - it seems the darker, the steamier, the more gruesome and macabre the story the better.
Closing the program is a performance in the Art Nation studio by Skipping Girl Vinegar, the popular Melbourne-based indie rock band, named after 'Audrey' the Skipping Girl Vinegar sign, located in Abbotsford, Victoria.