Liam O’Brien, Possessions (2016), video still. Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf.
As part of the IMA’s ongoing commitment to Queensland experimental arts practice we will be hosting the fifth bi-annual Jeremy Hynes Award. Since 2009 the IMA has had the honour of presenting the $10,000 prize to an experimental Queensland artist, made possible by a bequest made in Jeremy Hynes’ name.
The 2015 recipient, Liam O’Brien will present his recent video work Possessions (2016) at the IMA. With particular interest in the construction of individuality and the ambiguities of personal freedom, Liam O’Brien draws on personal experience, intuition and theoretical texts to produce video and performance works that explore the human condition under advanced capitalism. The artist’s recent video work, Possessions, is presented as part of the fifth biennial Jeremy Hynes Award. Since 2009, the IMA has had the honour of presenting the $10,000 prize to an experimental Queensland artist, made possible by a bequest made in Jeremy Hynes’ name. Liam O’Brien is the 2015 recipient.
Since graduating from the Queensland College of Art with honours in 2010, Liam O’Brien been developing his practice through a number of solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and abroad, including Channels: Australian Video Art Festival (2013), SafARI (2014), GOMA Q: Contemporary Queensland Art (2015), and commissions for Artbank (Performutations, 2013) and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (NEW, 2016). In addition to the Jeremy Hynes Award, O’Brien is the recipient of the Art & Australia/Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award (2013/14), the Clayton Utz Art Award (2015). O’Brien’s work is featured in several public and private collections throughout Australia.