Sylvia Adams is the winner of the latest edition of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award with her poem Hands, A Choice. Adams is the author of the novel This Weather of Hangmen, and the writer of award-winning chapbook Mondrian’s Elephant, (Cranberry Tree Press). Titles to her name also include Dinner at the Dog Pound and Sleeping on the Moon, which was the runner-up for the 2006 Lampman Award. We present the winning poem.
Unprinted at Paul Stolper gallery, London, is an extensive overview of the art of YBA Angus Fairhurst (1966-2008). Running until 30 August, the exhibition brings together his printed works from 1992 to 2006, including silkscreens and etchings. Founder and Director of the gallery, Paul Stolper speaks to Aesthetica about the unique elements of Fairhurst’s practice and the ideas behind the current exhibition.
Aesthetica Art Prize longlisted artist Tamara Dean, born in 1976, is a photographer whose practice extends from New York to Australia. Dean’s work explores the relationship between humans and nature, and her works are exhibited internationally. Her new series The Edge opened in 2014 at Olsen Irwin Gallery in Sydney, Australia.
This weekend seize the opportunity to experience the innovative and ground-breaking in contemporary art. From Polish artist Pawel Althamer’s first exhibition in China at Ullens Contemporary Art Centre to Henri Matisse’s “cut-outs” at the Tate Modern , there is something for everyone on offer in the world’s leading galleries. Read on to see our five recommended shows.
Counterpoint showcases works by eight contemporary Scottish artists as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival and GENERATION a major nationwide survey of some of Scotland’s most prominent artists from the last 25 years. The show presents works by artists crossing boundaries between philosophy, technology, science fiction and the aesthetics and politics of everyday life. And features a recurring theme that questioning notions of authority and autonomy.
Pamela Bowden is a fine artist with a background in archaeology and ethnography. Her experience as an ethnoarchaeological ceramicist led her to explore concepts of time, fragility and the impermanent nature of life. She has participated in group shows as well as two solo exhibitions, and is currently undertaking research at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.
In the Special 60th Edition of Aesthetica we celebrate the emerging photographers that are shaping the future of the image-based practice in The Next Generation. We have partnered with the London College of Communication to survey some of photography’s rising stars and showcase their fresh ideas and new concepts. In 2012 Jordi Ruiz Cirera won the Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize for the portrait he shot when he spent time with the Menonites, a closed community in Bolivia. Ruiz Cirera tells us about what draws him to take a photo and the impact of awards on his career.
Love’s ability to sink its intractable teeth into the soul resonated through the Hayward’s new Project Space show What’s Love Got To Do With It. The exhibition is part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love and provides a contemplative counterpoint to the Human Factor show downstairs in the Hayward’s main space. It feels apt that the subject of love has been elevated to this higher level, above the corporeal wrenching of the Human Factor’s often grizzled sculptures.
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for entries until 31 August, presenting a fantastic opportunity for short fiction and poetry writers to showcase their work to a wider audience. Judges include Arifa Akbar, Literary Editor at The Independent and i newspapers and Professor Oz Hardwick, Writer, Photographer and Musician. The Award invites submissions from writers at any stage in their career. Prizes include publication for shortlisted writers, and a consultation with Christine Green Authors’ Agent and Apples and Snakes for the poetry and fiction winners respectively. Previous finalists include Lesley Quayle, Sharon Black, Lauren K. Alleyne and Christina Lloyd.
What are the boundaries between musical instruments and artistic practice? How can one define the properties and influence of sound over our senses? Fondazione Prada’s exhibition at the magnificent neoclassical palace of Ca’ Corner della Regina in Venice takes us on a remarkable journey of art and sound.
Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize, Deb Covell exhibited a selection of pieces from her series Black and White Paintings throughout spring and summer 2014 in the Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 group show at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space. In the run up to the current call for entries close on 31 August, we look at Covell’s practice as a source of inspiration and as a dynamic contribution to the contemporary art scene – intriguingly crossing the boundaries between painting and sculpture.
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers” said Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, in 1943, proving again that in the realm of technology it is very dangerous to make any prediction at all. So although the Barbican’s Digital Revolution is an exhibition of 30-ish years of digital art, computers, websites, CGI, music videos and games rather than a manifesto, there is still some slight hubris-in-the-making at work in its putting games made in the 1990s alongside examples of contemporary technology and artwork. You feel the future looking over your shoulder throughout, and the future has a tendency to assume we were all quaint. So the Barbican is to be admired and not envied: it has curated a show that will end up being discovered as what 2014 thought of itself.