Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2018
Jiayu Liu, Ocean Wave, 2017
André Lichtenberg, 1.12am Untitled 2, from the Dream series, 2010
Peter Davis, Cardboard Reality 1, 2017
Anna Heinrich & Leon Palmer, Strange Attractor, 2016
Joanne Handley, Untitled (Orange), 2016.
Romina Ressia, 0-100, 2017
Matthias Moos, Song Of The Lake, 2016
Noémi Varga, The Happiest Barrack, 2017
18 May - 30 September, York Art Gallery
The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition is a celebration of emerging and establishing artists from across the world, inviting audiences to be inspired by a wealth of ideas and perspectives. From Photographic & Digital Art and Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media, to Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture and Video, Installation & Performance, the works included in this year’s presentation come from diverse locations such as Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Singapore, the UK and the USA.
As the world is increasingly shaped by surveillance and data collection, the human condition has become one of rehearsal and performance. Exploring the wider effects of over-consumption, media stimulation and emotional disconnection, the artworks presented in 2018 call into question new modes of communication, offering reflection upon the era of post-truth, where human autonomy can be reduced to calculable, predictable patterns of behaviour.
Each piece draws upon social and political structures to question the value that we place on the world around us. From global financial systems to technologies that replicate nature, the diverse subject matter included in this year’s presentation holds innovation at its core, defining the vocabulary for the 21st century.
Lunchtime Talks at York Art Gallery
Led by artists, curators and academics they offered an insight into current themes in the art world.
Visitors can further their appreciation of contemporary art through attending talks held at York Art Gallery.
Future Now: The Aesthetica Art Prize Shortlist
Friday 18 May, 12:30pm, 14:30pm
The 2018 shortlist will discuss the work on display, shedding light on photography, painting, sculpture and installation. As part of Creativity and Wellbeing week, a national initiative to promote engagement with the arts, speaker Griselda Goldsbrough addresses a range of contemporary themes including, the impact of digital life in the 21st century.
Navigating the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition
Thursday 7 June, 12:30pm
Griselda Goldsbrough, curator, leads an engaging tour around the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, identifying the key themes and techniques present in the 2018 shortlisted works. The talk highlights modes of representation and interpretation used in the show, looking to how the practitioners use art as a mechanism to understand the world around us.
Creating Successful Strategies
Thursday 21 June, 12:30pm
Cherie Federico, Director of the Aesthetica Art Prize, discusses the role that art prizes play in talent development, expanding on the selection process and how they work within the wider industry as a platform for new ideas. Offering insight into how prizes and awards lead to further opportunities, the talk will look at ways to break into the sectors.
Photography: A Part of the Everyday
Thursday 5 July, 12:30pm
The image is a signifier of our times. No longer do we say we’re having a good time, we take a picture to demonstrate it. There are 1.8 billion images uploaded per day, so what does this mean for the future of photography. How is artwork distinguished from data, and what is the difference between a considered composition and data dissemination.
Curating the Aesthetica Art Prize
Thursday 6 September, 12:30pm
Discussing symbiotic relationships between the gallery space and how the exhibited works respond to each other, Griselda Goldsbrough will speak about curating such a diverse range of artworks ensuring that they excite and engage audiences on many levels. Drawing connections across the artworks, this session delves into narrative and subject matter.
Art of Transformation
Thursday 13 September, 12:30pm
Responding to the artworks in this year’s Prize, Helen Turner, Subject Director, Fine Art, York St John University will present a session on how art changes our lives and transforms our experiences both personal and universal. Turner is currently interested in exploring the creation of artefact through participatory performance.