Gavin Drumm

RMIT University student and Glen Iris resident Gavin Drumm is one of the 43 shortlisted artists currently exhibiting at RMIT Gallery in the Siemens-RMIT Fine Art Scholarship Awards.

The Siemens-RMIT Fine Art Scholarship Awards are on at RMIT Gallery until 23 January.

Winners will be announced by RMIT Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Daine Alcorn, at a special presentation at RMIT Gallery on 20 January from 6 pm – 8 pm.

Gavin Drumm, Implications of Utopia # 2, 2009. Photo credit: Mark Ashkanasy, RMIT Gallery 2009

Gavin Drumm, Implications of Utopia # 2, 2009. Photo credit: Mark Ashkanasy, RMIT Gallery 2009.

Mr Drumm, who is a Bachelor of Fine Art – Painting student, said his work is originally derived from advertising print media.

"I unpack it for its visual qualities to use as abstraction, exploring shape, color and form,” Mr Drumm said.

“Through this I try to create a sense of reclaiming of the visual language used in advertising so that the viewer can see this language for its visual qualities rather than for what it tries to tell us.

"I also try to create an awareness of how an artwork as both a depiction of something and as an object in a given space."

Mr Drumm said that his work, entitled ‘Implications of Utopia’, deals with formal elements of composition and structure.

Although it is a digital print on paper on stretcher, Mr Drumm said that the concerns are still very much painting concerns.

"However, they address the problems I have in dealing with similar issues in paint," he said.

"By keeping this as a printed work, it still retains some link to what it has been abstracted from, which is advertising sources."

Now in its ninth year, the Siemens RMIT Fine Art Scholarship Awards help RMIT Fine Art students further their careers by assisting their research and production costs.

For media enquiries, photos and interviews with artists:

RMIT Gallery Media Coordinator, Evelyn Tsitas, (03) 9925 1716, 0418 139 015, or evelyn.tsitas@rmit.edu.au.