The deadline for the Aesthetica Art Prize has been extended for one day to 1 September. A celebration of excellence in art from across the world, the Aesthetica Art Prize offers artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider international audience. Prizes include up to £1000 cash, group exhibition, studio space and more.
Phoebe Salmon is an artist known for her unusual and adventurous approach to art that conveys intense emotions simply through the use of abstract mark and colour. Employing oils and acrylic as the preferred mediums, her multi-layered and textured artworks project a sense of mystery and depth which invite the viewer to interpret as they wish. Salmon was longlisted in the Aesthetica Art Prize 2012 with her piece Untitled 2.
Laura Buckley’s sensory installation at Site Gallery, Sheffield, is separated from the outside world by a thick black curtain, which marks the entrance of the gallery and the end of the bookshop. As an artist who reconfigures the everyday, it is appropriate that audiences have to literally pass through a curtain to reach Buckley’s alternative perspective. And once inside the gallery, the colours, sounds and sights are ones quite contrary to the appearance of outside reality.
Benjamin Nash is a British artist living and working in Strasbourg. His artworks are notably distinctive, centred around sculpture and installation, although he is known to embed photography, collage and painting. In his three-dimensional piece [ ]~ No.7, longlisted in the Aesthetica Art Prize 2012, Nash creates morphing imagery that seems to flow from frame to frame. A tilted chair appears to melt upon its pedestal slipping away into abstraction. Playing upon the fragility of balance as well as the consequences of over-dependence on materials such as oil, Nash’s work has a poignant reference to the social issues of our time.
From the end of August until 15 September, Visa pour l’Image is celebrating the 25th festival, which is an achievement outstripping the original hopes of the founders. The festival is an annual, week-long meeting for 3000 photographers, journalists, picture editors, and photo and press agencies. An event that appreciates the photo in its many forms and expressions, its popularity is demonstrated by the vast amount of visitors that take the trip to attend and the 2012 festival set records well above forecasts for the number of visitors.
The first major retrospective in Italy of the works by sculptor Anthony Caro could not come at a better time. The Museo Correr, located off the iconic saint Mark’s square, assures the artist the attention of anyone in Venice this summer – not just those there for the Biennale. This brings into account a benign parallel to the works going on in conjunction with the biennale, which superficially challenges the artistic merits that have come to raise Caro to the level of a living legend.
Conceptual artist Nick Greenwich, longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2012, conducts his practice around themes of moral dualism and ontological ruin in human existence. Drawing upon his view of transitory life, Acceptance - entered into the Photographic & Digital category - explores the fate of being fallen souls, simultaneously experiencing faith and doubt. His work further questions the role of the audience, and examines ethical issues related to viewing artworks whereby the onlooker becomes immersed, particularly in representations via multimedia technologies, forcing them to be increasingly deceived by their sense of reality.
This September the seventh annual Macmillan De’Longhi Art Auction returns to London. This year’s event will be held over five days and will include a public exhibition at the Royal College of Art; in previous years artists such as Antony Gormley, Rankin, Tracey Emin and Gavin Turk have all donated their work featured. The money raised on the evening will help support people affected by cancer through funding services. We speak to one of the participating artists, Haroon Mirza, about his practice and her relationship with Macmillan.
As a great traveller and a lover of art, iconic Benetton clothing brand founder Luciano Benetton has extended his passion for entrepreneurial and memorably inclusive fashion into an arena that his family’s foundation is newly colonising: Living Art History. The Fondazione Benetton’s Imago Mundi project is a collection of over two thousand artworks with a 10 x 12 cm format, commissioned by the Benettons of established and emerging international artists, with the goal of uniting the diversities of our contemporary cultures in the widest possible mapping of 21st Century world art, for future centuries to glorify and decode.
Hyung-Gyu Kim was selected as one of last year’s finalists for the Aesthetica Art Prize, capturing the judges’ attention with his installation Chromaphone II that examines sound/colour associations from across the globe. Kim works through a range of methodologies, employing video, sculpture, sound and electronic components to forge hybrid memories and re-examine those once thought lost. Exhibiting in Japan, Korea and the USA, Kim’s Chromaphone II is the second in a series that explores the phenomenon of synesthesia, an experience of “seeing sounds” and “hearing colours.”
Both Caroline Jane Harris and Shane McAdams experiment with unconventional forms, such as paper, ball-point pens ink and resin, using nature and landscapes as points of departure but with divergent results. Scream, London, is partnering with the British fashion designer Matthew Williamson for this special exhibition. For his acclaimed Spring & Summer 2013 collection Williamson was inspired by McAdams practice. This blend of art, fashion and nature affords a rich context to showcase the art of these two promising emerging artists.
A background synopsis of Ron Mueck reads something like this – a figurative sculptor whose works are included in significant collections around the world, born in Melbourne in 1958, spent his childhood spare time crafting figures, started his career as a model maker and puppeteer for the television and film industries, entered the world of contemporary art in 1996, and proceeded to exhibit with great success in London, Paris, New York, Sydney and then globally.
Already well known in international urban art circles, it has not yet been two years since Cornwall’s celebrated street artist came up with the idea for BotMan, an innocent robot with a heart. Since then, his BotMan avatar has taken him into international urban art circles; he has had three sell-out shows, has been represented by a London Gallery, had work shown at Basel Miami and rubbed shoulders with UK urban artists such as Banksy and Dface. Sophie Kazan of Aesthetica caught up with BotMan for a virtual chat about the business of being a successful, anonymous artist.
This August Rolf Sachs is previewing Camera in Motion: from Chur to Tirano, supported by LEICA at the St Moritz Art Masters 2013. Noted for his conceptual approach, Sachs has photographed fleeting moments of the splendid landscape along the World Heritage Rhaetian Albula/Bernina train journey between Thusis in Switzerland and Tirano in Italy throughout the year to form a stunning collection of photographs that blur the boundaries between abstract art and landscape photography.
Sensoria features a unique, eclectic mix of film screenings, live music, exhibitions, installations and talks rolled out across four days across the city of Sheffield. Cinema highlights include Luc Besson’s The Big Blue, which is being screened on its 25th anniversary at a 1930′s outdoor pool in Hathersage. Whilst a car park will be re-imagined as a Drive In cinema, with coming of age classic American Graffiti on the big screen.
With over a week left to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013, we’re counting down with a run-through of artists selected in last year’s Prize. Joon Park was longlisted for his piece Ceramics Field Array in the category for Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture. Boston and Seoul-based artist Joon Park is interested in the tensions between high and low cultures, partial and whole, centralisation and decentralisation. The countdown of artists will be back next week as we lead up to 31 August.
As tempting as a three day weekend spent with your feet up may be, our list of exhibitions mean that it is time to get out and about. Sunny or not, there’s plenty going on this bank holiday weekend so banish all thoughts of work, remove yourself from the sofa and make the most of your time off.
Coming into Fashion – a unique glimpse into the most sparkling and striking of images from the international Condé Nast archives- is both a history lesson in glamour and an ode to scintillating, beautiful photography. Spanning the decades and the stream of cover girls from across Condé Nast’s infamously stylish publications, including Vogue, Glamour and Vanity Fair, curator, Nathalie Herschdorfer, creates of the exhibition a linear stroll along emerging and ever-changing elegance and allure, both in photography and ideals of femininity.
There’s still over a week left to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013. In the countdown to 31 August, we’re looking at the longlisted artists from last year’s Prize. Today’s featured artist is Susan Forsyth who entered Untitled (Hera) into the Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture category. Forsyth’s work explores aesthetics and sculpture-making processes. Untitled (Hera) is a four-metre high work comprising A4 bolted panels gilded in silver leaf. The repetition of the silver ratio rectangles, the decorative surface and scale of the form combines strength and delicacy.
To celebrate the release of Irvine Welsh’s film adaptation of Filth, Lionsgate in partnership with Talenthouse are inviting graphic designers, illustrators and artists to create original artwork for a limited edition promotional poster to be featured in The Metro UK. The film shall be released across UK cinemas this October 2013, and for artists and designers this is the perfect opportunity to promote your unique skills and potentially see your original Filth poster design advertised in a national newspaper read by millions.
There’s still over a week left to enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2013. Now in its sixth year, the competition is a fantastic opportunity for emerging and established writers to showcase their work to a wider, international audience. Register your poetry or short fiction by 31 August for a chance to win publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, £500 prize money and a selection of inspirational books. To mark this exciting event in the Aesthetica calendar, we’re taking a look at one of last year’s finalists Susan Yardley with her short story SCAR.
Leading up to the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013, we’re taking a look at the longlisted artists from last year’s Prize. Today we’re focusing on Tony Girardot who entered his aesthetic image Twelve Hours into the Painting & Drawing category. A self-imposed period of 12 hours was allotted to construct the piece in which the creative process of layering became an integral part of the final work.
A Journey Through London’s Subculture: 1980s to Now at the Old Selfridges Hotel in London is part of the ICA’s Off-Site summer series, which started with Glastonbury Festival. The exhibition illustrates a perceived thread of creativity between the post-punk era and the present day – a legacy that underpins London’s incredible creative potential in the present. Taking over the first floor of the hotel, the project will bring together up to 60 influential figures from London’s creative scene from the 1980s to the present, spanning art, design, architecture, fashion, club culture and food. Participants include Tom Dixon, Zaha Hadid, Nicola Tyson, Bodymap, Sarah Lucas, Giles Deacon, Julie Verhoeven, Matthew Darbyshire, Louise Gray, SIBLING, David Waddington and Pablo Flack (Bistroteque), Bethan Laura Wood and Lucky PDF.
The Design Museum’s annual Designers in Residence programme provides a platform to celebrate new and emerging designers at an early stage in their career. The programme is now in its sixth year and is a core part of the exhibition programme demonstrating the Design Museum’s commitment to support and encourage new design talent. For this year, the 2013 Designers in Residence are: Adam Nathaniel Furman, Eunhee Jo, Chloe Meineck and Thomas Thwaites. This year the designers were invited to explore how design can be used to convey, create or reflect a sense of identity through an object or experience. The results will be displayed in the Design Museum from 4 September.
At the end of August, Londonewcastle Project Space opens an exhibition of works by Alex Noble entitled Creatures from the Kaleidoscope. Curated by Ryan Lanji and running until 8 September, Noble’s work fuses fashion and art in an immersive landscape of visceral aesthetics. The exhibition began when the artist collaborated with three female musicians and performers who acted as muses for his Mannequink project, shot by photographer Joe McGorty. The results have since taken on a three-dimensional form and will act as a monochromatic introduction to Creatures from the Kaleidoscope.
There’s still time to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize before 31 August, and as we head closer to that date we’re counting down with a run-through of artists selected in last year’s Prize. Today we’re focusing on Mary Humphrey, finalist in the Photographic & Digital Art category with her striking image Roma: Transylvania: January 2011. Through the medium of social, collaborative photography, Humphrey is committed to pursuing her passion for education and the plight of the marginalised.
The Queens Gambit is one of the oldest known opening moves in a game of chess, a positional play where you force your opponent to either accept or decline. Entering Drawn in Cursive the viewer is confronted with a similar decision as half of the gallery entrance is covered with MDF. If the visitor moves forward, they are once again confronted with a wall of constructed MDF boxes down the centre of the room. This wall of boxes acts as a screen altering the architecture of the gallery space. Through this intervention, the visit plays a fundamental role in the transformation of objects into artworks as the viewer negotiates the space.
For this year’s Frieze London 2013, Frieze Talks will include: Jérôme Bel, Meredith Monk and Stephen Shore as part of the line up of international artists, filmmakers, curators and cultural commentators taking part in Frieze Talks 2013. Frieze Talks is a daily programme of lectures, conversations and panel debates that take place in the auditorium at Frieze London. The talks programme provides a forum to discuss some of the most pertinent issues in contemporary art and culture today. Presented by Frieze Foundation, Frieze Talks is programmed by the editors of frieze magazine, Jennifer Higgie, Jörg Heiser and Christy Lange.
Exploring history, individual and collective memory and loss, Lithuanian artist Indrė Šerpytytė exhibits a solo exhibition at Ffotogallery, Cardiff. Opening 7 September and running until 12 October, the showcase coincides with Lithuania taking up the Presidency of the European Union. Based in London Šerpytytė produces photography relating to her family history and that of Lithuania, her native country, immediately prior to its independence from Soviet occupation.
The countdown continues as we lead up to the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013. To mark the exciting event in the Aesthetica calendar, we’re taking a look at the longlisted artists from last year’s Prize. Today we’re focusing on artist Jordan Rodgers who entered his video art A Vision of Urban Utopia in the Video, Installation & Performance category. Themes pursued by the artist revolve around the exploration between art and technology as means of recording and documenting everyday journeys made in the evolution of a “Modern Metropolis”.
Cyprus-born artist Haris Epaminonda has a new exhibit on display at Modern Art Oxford. The exhibit features four screens in a blackened room playing a continuous loop of tableaux filmed in Cyprus. Captured using 16mm film converted to digital, the exhibit is tinged with an air of reminiscence that questions the presentation, expectations and interpretations of cultural rituals.Examining themes that include love, death, dress and the body Epaminonda’s series is set in remote Cyprus both outdoors amongst ruins and inside historic buildings.
There’s almost two weeks left to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013. To mark the countdown, we’re taking a look at the longlisted artists from last year’s Prize. Today’s featured artist is Llewelynn Fletcher whose interactive piece Please Lie Down: Galaxy was selected for publication in the Art Prize Anthology in the Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture category.
As of today, two weeks remain until the call for entries for the Aesthetica Art Prize draws to a close. We’re continuing our countdown to 31 August with a run-down of artists longlisted for last year’s Prize focusing on Dareen Hussein’s Xochitl, longlisted for Photographic & Digital Art.
The pedestal is a sort of prosthesis for objects; it is their feet, their legs. It gives an object strength, lifts it up. Cassie Raihl’s first solo show, Appetites, at Dodge Gallery comprises of variations on the pedestal, negating and reinventing it, while hinting strongly at a more pervasive theme of obsession: bodily perfection and its consequences. Raihl’s sculptures furtively render the object and the pedestal as one unit, precluding any hierarchy of value between the two. Not only do the pedestals depart from typical models (Raihl’s are cast in various foams, opposed to the usual wooden pedestals), but their imperfections engender a lovely distinction from the object they are paired with. Taken as an entire body of work, Appetites is an adroit evaluation of how (or why) hard bodies get hard.
There’s 15 days to go until the end of call for entries for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013. Today we’re taking a look at Hollie Mackenzie, longlisted for Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture with her impressive and intriguing work Downfall.
This September the border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed will transform into one giant cinema screen for the 9th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. Running 25 – 29 September, the event will screen newly commissioned and imaginatively curated films besides hosting installations and other activities. A major element of the programme will be Sidsel Christensen’s new moving image work, Study for Composition X, commissioned specifically for Berwick-upon-Tweed in partnership with Nabroad, the Norwegian Collaborative Organisation for Contemporary Art Abroad.
Steven Bode has been the Director of Film and Video Umbrella for 20 years. Formed in the very early days of moving image artworks, the company have played an important role in promoting moving image as an art form. Film and Video Umbrella have produced nearly 200 different artists projects, ranging from ambitious multi-screen installations to shorter film and video pieces, as well as numerous online commissions. This September they celebrate their 25th anniversary with 25 Frames, an ongoing programme of screenings and special events in which stand-out pieces from the organisation’s past are re-staged and re-evaluated for the present. Aesthetica speaks to Bode about his 20 years at the company and the increase of moving art.
Just over two weeks remain to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013. Artists longlisted for last year’s Prize include Calum James Crowther who impressed the judges with his entry into the Photographic & Digital Art category: She Had Absolutely No Idea What He Did. In his visual narratives, Crowther attempts to combine his fascination with films and narrative paintings in the construction of single large-scale photographs, and is particularly interested in developing and establishing protagonists within these to create an enhanced view of the world.
International creative platform Beauty Without Irony (BWI) is currently showcasing the first edition of the Biennale of International Art in Essaouira, Morocco: AIR/PORT, a cultural exchange between Essaouira and other port cities around the world. The first guest city this year is Antwerp in Belgium. Fifty well known and emerging artists (Moroccan, Belgian and international) as well as art students from the Lycée Mohammed V (Essaouira) and the Sint-Maria Instituut (Antwerp) have created works that interpret two themes dear to both cities: the wind and the port. The artworks featured in the exhibition will be reproduced on flags and installed along major traffic arteries of both Essaouira and Antwerp, as well as at culturally and historically significant sites of each city until 5 September.
The Fruitmarket Gallery’s new exhibition of Gabriel Orozco’s (b.1962) work maps the way in which a central artistic motif migrates and mutates its way through a whole body of multi-material work. Taking Orozco’s delicately ornamental network of imposing black circles in The Eye of Go (2005) as its focal thinking point, the exhibition etches out the whole compass of his work that draws back to and engages in dialogue with that foundational starting motif.