Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2017
VOID, Bruit Blanc, 2015
Anthony Garratt, High and Low / Uchel ac Isel, 2016
Jasmina Cibic, Tear Down and Rebuild, 2015
Samuel Weniger, I kissed your kiss on your girlfriend´s cheek, it was still wet, 2016
Michelee Scott, Desolation, 2015
Peter Gibbons, The Citadel, 2016
Jason Taylor, The Rising Tide, 2015
Khushna Sulaman-Butt, Society, 2016
Tadao Cern, Black Balloons, 2016
Various Artists, Agua con Gaz, 2016
Julio Bittencourt, Subway Doors, 2016
Jerzy Goliszewski, Golem, 2015
Ouchhh Studio, AVA_Particle Physics_360 Outer Geodesic Dome Installation, 2015
The Institute for New Feeling, This is Presence, 2015
Miranda Pennell, The Host, 2015
Jack Davis, Nature Nurture, 2016
Jeremy Underwood, Human Debris, 2014
Alexandra Carr, Black Matter, 2016
Emily Joy, Remembering Pluto, 2016
Judith Jones, Rendezvous, 2016
HOAX, Stuck, 2016
Shuster + Moseley, Harmonic Lens, 2015
26 May - 10 September
York Art Gallery
A platform for innovation and originality, the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition invites audiences to engage with captivating projects from some of today’s leading artists, both established and emerging. From individual narratives to global concerns, the artworks comment on contemporary culture and explore themes such as globalisation, perceptions of space and alienation in the digital age.
As the boundaries between the public and the private begin to merge into blurred depictions of reality, contemporary art is the mechanism that enables us to respond to a renewed understanding of living. The 2017 presentation features the work of 16 shortlisted artists who hail from diverse locations including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Japan, the USA and the UK.
Utilising a range of media, they work within the categories of Photographic & Digital Art; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture. and Video, Installation & Performance. Images of 84 longlisted pieces will be shown on monitors within the gallery – offering a unique chance for visitors to explore the breadth and diversity of work being produced across the world today.
The accompanying publication Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists, which features the artists’ statements, images of their works and essays from leading art figures, is on sale at the exhibition. A series of Lunchtime Talks will take place at the gallery throughout the exhibition, offering a chance for visitors to enhance their experience of the Aesthetica Art Prize and hear directly from artists, curators and academics.
Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, 26 May – 10 September (Daily 10am - 5pm), York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW. For admission details, visit www.yorkartgallery.org.uk
The 2017 Aesthetica Art Prize Shortlist
Lunchtime Talks at York Art Gallery
Further your appreciation of contemporary art and enhance your experience of the Aesthetica Art Prize by joining us at the following talks. Led by artists, curators and academics they offer an insight into current themes in the art world.
Talks start at 12:30. Standard York Art Gallery admission charges apply. For details, see www.yorkartgallery.org.uk
Future Now: The Aesthetica Art Prize Shortlist
Friday 26 May
The 2017 finalists offer insight into their practices, which utilise photography, painting sculpture and installation to address a range of contemporary themes from globalisation to technological advancement.
Navigating the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition
Thursday 8 June
Griselda Goldsbrough leads an engaging tour around the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, identifying the various themes and techniques presented by the 2017 selection. The talk will highlight key modes of representation and interpretation used in the show.
Engaging with the Arts: Creativity and Wellbeing
Thursday 15 June
As part of the national initiative Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2017, Griselda Goldsbrough draws upon the works in this year’s Art Prize to explore the different ways in which we can benefit from engaging with the arts throughout our lives.
Sculpture Today: Creation and Interpretation
Thursday 29 June
Artist and Lecturer in Sculpture at York St John University, Dr Joanna Sperryn-Jones discusses the state of contemporary sculpture and the process behind the creation of three-dimensional works. Addressing the pieces in the exhibition and her own creative process, she will consider audience participation in sculptural works.
Exhibition Practices: Curating for the 21st Century Audience
Thursday 27 July
Cherie Federico, Director of the Aesthetica Art Prize, sheds light on exhibition practices and curating for the 21st century audience. Drawing upon the Art Prize, she will discuss the symbiotic relationship between the space and the exhibits and how the works respond to each other.
Shortlisted Artists: Webb-Ellis Discuss Video Installation
Thursday 10 August
Andrew and Caitlin Webb-Ellis work across film, installation and performance. They transform personal experiences into multi-disciplinary environments that address the universal. They discuss what it is to be human in these times and the shifting boundaries between the self and the other.