A trio of "seriously talented" Kiwi students will do New Zealand proud in the Big Apple this month, with their winning works set to be the centrepiece of a digital exhibition on one of the biggest and most recognisable digital stages – Times Square New York.
The Chorus NZ student digital art competition reeled in 131 entries and the three winners chosen by an independent panel of local design industry professionals are:
o Elspeth Hoskin – Massey University
o Hayley Heartbreak – Media Design School
o Johnson Whitehira – Massey University
Judge Vincent Heeringa (publisher of Idealog) felt the works represented the highest quality in digital art. “As often happens the difference between the top entries was minimal, but the winners took it out because they were based on a great idea. Well done to the thinkers!”
And fellow judge Mike Mizrahi of Inside Out Productions reckons he was genuinely overwhelmed by the quality of the entries.
“This is a great opportunity for these artists to present their work in New York, and they will do themselves and New Zealand proud.”
Each of the three winners won $5,000 and will be flown to New York so they can see their artwork hit the massive digital displays in Times Square on October 10.
Heartbreak's entry For The Young at Heart (above) gives the iconic Snow White icon some distinct Kiwi flair.
“When I lived in the UK I’d frequently see New Zealand being touted as ‘the youngest country in the world’ and I think that when you are young (or young at heart), the one thing that universally ties us together is fairy tales, particularly of the Disney variety. I wanted a very ‘Aotearoa’ take on the iconic pose of Snow White and her animals. I included nods to the Bird of The Year competition (piwakawaka, kereru, tui and saddleback), Pania of the Reef and New Zealand lamb which, while not native, is certainly iconic to countries outside of the Pacific," she says.
She drew the line at incorporating hobbits, however.
Ten finalists will also have their work screened in the exhibition and will each receive $1,000.
o Cordelle Feau - Elam School of Fine Arts
o Erica Cai - Massey University
o Igor Petrenko - Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design
o Kenneth Merrick - Unitec
o Matt Clouston - Natcol
o Michael Atkins - AUT
o Rhianna McCormick Burns - AUT
o Riley Sanders - Massey University
o Samara Pepperell - Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design
o Tatiana Tavares – AUT