Ian Potter Museum of Art -Melbourne - Shilo project - 2010

The Shilo project

28 Nov 2009 to 14 Mar 2010

Curator: Dr Chris McAuliffe

The Shilo project is based on Neil Diamond’s 1970 album, the cover of which features a connect-the-dots portrait of Diamond for fans to complete. The project invites up to 100 contemporary Australian artists to complete a ‘blank’ cover and displays their sleeves alongside those found in op shops completed by unknown individuals.

This kaleidoscopic exhibition of art and record sleeves is a tribute to pop idols, classic tunes, record collectors, fans and vinyl. At the same time, it poses conceptual challenges to artists. The original sleeve promises an image of Neil Diamond but doesn't deliver: When is a portrait not a portrait? Completing the puzzle reveals the portrait but may trash the sleeve.

Tour itinerary: Mildura Arts Centre 25 March – 28 April 2010; SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 2 July – 1 August 2010; Warrnambool Art Gallery 11 September – 7 November 2010; Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery 19 February – 20 March 2011; Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, 11 June – 24 July 2011.