Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Count Down 17 Days to Go – Nasser Ghaderi

The deadline for the Aesthetica Art Prize is approaching, and to mark it we’re continuing our countdown to 31 August with a run down of artists longlisted for last year’s Prize. Today we’re focusing on 2013 Art Prize entrant Nasser Ghaderi, longlisted in the Painting & Drawing category with his painting London. In his practice, Ghaderi abstains from using conventional tools. Instead he throws, splashes, drizzles and swooshes paint onto the canvas in a conscious attempt to escape point of view, focusing only on process and experimentation to eliminate the possibility of planning a final product.


Artists Selected for Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards: What Will They See of Me?

The four moving-image artists have now been selected for the second edition of the Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards. The chosen artists are Lucy Clout, Kate Cooper, Anne Haaning and Marianna Simnett. In response to the curatorial brief and its title What Will They See of Me?, their four proposals explore the themes of identity, visibility and posterity in ways that both embrace and interrogate new technology and express a strong and compelling performative impulse.


Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Count Down 18 Days to Go – Nathalie Joffre

Counting down to 31 August with a run-down of artists longlisted for last year’s Art Prize, we’re taking a look at Nathalie Joffre, whose art film Burst (2011) was longlisted for the Video, Installation & Performance category. Concerned with our relationship to the past as an intimate and performative experience, Joffre often works at a local scale in order to immerse herself in a specific space or territory.


Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Count Down 19 Days to Go – Kyunghee Park

This week we are continuing our artist of the day series in anticipation of the fast-approaching deadline for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013. Last year’s finalist for the Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture category was Kyunghee Park, whose sculpture Untitled won a space in the group exhibition at York St Mary’s; a beautiful and historic venue which will also form the backdrop for the shortlisted entries in this year’s Prize.


Gallery for Russian Arts and Design (GRAD) is a contemporary art space in London dedicated to creating a setting for graphic arts and works in other media from Russia and the former Soviet Union. For the first time in London, the gallery exhibits Russian Soviet era posters from the 1920s and 1930s. Entitled SEE USSR the presentation explores the backstory of these striking posters that were produced to educate the masses. The exhibition runs until 31 August and examines the political and stylistic differences between Soviet internal and propaganda of 1930s through early Intourist (the government department responsible for foreign tourism) posters,ephemera and agittextiles.


Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Count Down 20 Days to Go – Herman James

In the run up to the end of call for entries for the Aesthetica Art Prize, the artist of the day today is Herman James, who won acclaim for his work The Arrival, No. 1 in the Photographic & Digital art category in last year’s Prize.


Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Count Down 21 Days to Go – Daniel Shiel

Featuring as today’s artist of the day, in the countdown to the end of call for entries for the Aesthetica Art Prize on 31 August, is Daniel Shiel, whose work entitled Malakoff was longlisted in the Photographic & Digital art category in last year’s Prize.


Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Count Down 22 Days to Go – Jurgen Winkler

Less than a month remains until the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013 closes for entries, and to mark the countdown we’re taking a look at a different artist each day who made it through to the final stages of last year’s Prize. Today’s featured artist is Jurgen Winkler, who achieved recognition in the Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture category with his intriguingly metaphorical sculpture A Prisoner’s Dilemma.

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, Bristol

This September Encounters returns to Bristol to showcase the very best of short film and animation from across the globe. Running 17-22 September, the event captures a snapshot of the most interesting emerging talent on the big screen. Including fiction, documentary, experimental works and music video, the featured films represent creativity across all genres.


Isabel Bermudez: January, Mortlake, Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2012

Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2012, Isabel Bermudez was born in Bogota in 1968 and grew up in London. Her poetry has been shortlisted in a number of competitions including the Bridport Prize, and published in a range of magazines. She also writes short stories. Read Bermudez’s poem January, Mortlake published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2013.

James Turrell: The Light Inside at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

James Turrell: The Light Inside, currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, explores the remarkable career of James Turrell (born 1943). Raised in a Quaker household and coming of age in the radical climate of the 1960s, Turrell has created some of the most beautiful art of our time, treating light as a material presence in perfectly calculated installations. Viewers are invited to investigate the margins of perception, to measure the passage of time, and—in the artist’s words—“to enter the light.”

Laura Buckley: The Magic Know-How, Site Gallery

Plunging audiences into a landscape of video and light, The Magic Know-How is Laura Buckley’s 3D sensory sound and light collage. Exhibited at Site Gallery, Sheffield from 10 August until 21 September, the work is constructed via the projection of film and light through prism-shaped large scale semi-transparent forms. At the centre of the project is Buckley’s idea that “cold technology retrieves a personal memory.”


Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Count Down 23 Days to Go – Poppy Whatmore

With less than a month to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize, we’re continuing our countdown to 31 August with a run down of artists longlisted for last year’s Prize. Today we’re focusing on 2013 Student Prize Winner, Slade School of Fine Art graduate Poppy Whatmore, who fought off competition from thousands of entries, 100 longlisted artists and finally the remaining 8 shortlisted works to claim her coveted title with her instillation piece The Family Meal.


Miles Aldridge: SHORT BREATHS at Brancolini Grimaldi, London

SHORT BREATHS is Brancolini Grimaldi’s first exhibition of work by Miles Aldridge to coincide with his major retrospective at Somerset House, I Only Want You to Love Me, (10 July until 29 September). Presented as large scale prints, SHORT BREATHS brings together a body of work which explores sensuality and malaise in modern life through a language of vivid colour and unexplained narratives. Aldridge’s images of beautiful women placed in a hermetically sealed parallel universe of luxury are both thrilling and unsettling. Executed with the precision of a Hollywood movie, their power derives from the tension created between exterior perfection and internal turmoil.



Showcasing the work of five new artists, SHOT is a collection of contemporary painting, reflecting on the place the form holds in the modern world. Running until 31 August at ARTECO Gallery, London, the exhibition features Haroun Haward, ingri Haraldsen, Merlin Ramos, Fred Sorrell and Louise Thomas. In the past painting, and before the advent of photography, painting was the most accurate way to capture life and depict the surrounding world. Today painting has moved away from the traditional position it once held and is now a more abstract reflection of the human condition. 

Airport_Web 2012; 100cm x 44cm,

Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Count Down: 24 Days to Go

There’s less than a month left to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize, and to mark the exciting event in the Aesthetica calendar we’ll be counting down each day until the 31 August with a run-down of artists longlisted for last year’s Prize. We’re kicking off with the 2013 Main Prize Winner, Australian photographer Damien O’Mara, who fought off competition from thousands of entries, 100 longlisted artists and finally the remaining 8 shortlisted works to claim the coveted title with his piece Airport taken from the outstanding Trespasser series.

Mike Kelley: Eternity is a Long Time at HangarBicocca, Milan

Eternity is a Long Time, an exhibition devoted to the American artist, Mike Kelley who helped trace out new avenues in the history of contemporary art is currently on display at HangarBicocca, the contemporary art space promoted and supported by Pirelli until 8 September . The exhibition is curated by Emi Fontana, a Mike Kelley expert and independent curator based in Los Angeles, and Andrea Lissoni, curator at HangarBicocca.

The Institute of Art and Ideas: “Is Beauty Back?” A Debate about the Future of Art

The Institute of Art and Ideas has released a new debate online with a panel of industry professionals contemplating the beautiful. From Laurie Anderson to Damien Hirst, a generation of artists banished beauty in favour of the grotesque, the discordant and the weird. But was this an error? Are new forms of aesthetic delight on the rise, and if so, what will the consequences be for our culture? The panel leading the debate are Courtauld scholar and High Art Lite author Julian Stallabrass, art historian Griselda Pollock and Norwegian artist Sidsel Christensen.

In association with the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out, London

The Royal Academy’s retrospective of the work of Richard Rogers- the architect behind such iconic buildings as the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Millennium Dome in London- is dedicated to exploring the conceptual strategies that shaped the architect’s evolving practice. Throughout much of his career Rogers has sought to realise his unique vision of the city as the architectural manifestation of the “high point of human achievement” and, as such, his use of light building materials and open frame architecture creates a strong feeling of accessibility to the cultural and official services they encase.


Anna Wallace-Thompson: Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2012

Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2012, Anna Wallace-Thompson is a Middle Eastern contemporary arts journalist who grew up predominantly in Dubai. Writing for Canvas, The Art Newspaper and Frieze, and featured in the anthology Des Autres/Of Others, she is working on a collection of short stories inspired by the region. Anna Wallace-Thompson’s short story Taxis pour les Galaxies was published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2013. Read an extract from Wallace-Thompson’s short story below.

Khaled Takreti: Complete Freedom at Ayyam Gallery, London

Complete Freedom, the first UK solo exhibition by acclaimed Syrian artist Khaled Takreti will be on display from 5 September at Ayyam Gallery in London. The exhibition will present a new body of mixed media and film works examining the validity of the term ‘freedom’ and its relationship to personal and group identity.

John Stezaker, Contemporary Art Society, London

Through the medium of collage, John Stezaker examines the subversive elements within found images, such as film magazines, vintage postcards and illustrations. Praised for his innovative approach to visual arts, Stezaker won the Deutsche Börse prize in 2012 and has presented solo shows all over the world. Fall XII and Fall XIII (both 1992) were recently bought for York Art Gallery through the Contemporary Art Society and will be on display at the Contemporary Art Society from 4 Sept until 4 October.

Sarah Morris: Bye Bye Brazil, London

Incorporating a film and a series of new paintings into her latest exhibition at White Cube, Bermondsey, Sarah Morris’ Bye Bye Brazil is named after Carlos Diegues’ ground-breaking film from the 1970s that captured a significant moment in the modernisation of contemporary Brazil. Running until 29 September, the exhibition focuses upon the country on the verge of an era of dramatic transformation. 


Nick Boreham: Red, Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition

Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2012, Nick Boreham writes poems and short stories which have appeared in a number of publications including Poetry Scotland, Equinox and several anthologies. His works were published in the Aesthetica Creative Works Annual for 2009 and 2011. As indicated by its title, Red is an exploration of colour and powerfully speaks about the changing significance of the colour red in different contexts. Read Nick Boreham’s poem Red below.

Natural Selection, The Fine Art Society Contemporary, London

Natural Selection is a group show of international contemporary artists and focuses upon the tension between the man-made and nature. The eight artists use a variety of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and installation to explore the relationship between built and natural environments. What results is a diverse study of the two realms and the relationship between them; occasionally they appear in harmony but more frequently, both are presented as sources of decay and ruin.

Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast at City Art Centre, Edinburgh

The great American photographer Edward Steichen took what were probably the first fashion photographs in 1911. Since then it has become a unique platform for experimentation, balanced between commerce and creativity, recording the Zeitgeist and capturing individual dreams and desires. Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast is part of the Edinburgh Art Festival currently running across the city, the selection of outstanding photographs appear at the City Art Centre until 8 September.

James Barnor: Ever Young, Impressions Gallery

The James Barnor archive is the product of a career spanning more than sixty years. Barnor was born in Accra, Ghana in 1929. He began his photographic career when he opened a makeshift studio in Jamestown. Starting in the early 1950s, he operated from the Ever Young studio in Accra. He worked as a photographer for the Daily Graphic newspaper, and Drum, the foremost lifestyle and politics magazine in Africa. In 1959, he left Ghana for the UK and commenced photography studies at Medway College of Art in Kent. His exhibition, Ever Young, is currently on display at Impressions Gallery, Bradford.


One Month To Go: Enter the Aesthetica Art Prize

In a celebration of contemporary art, innovative and outstanding works shortlisted from the Aesthetica Art Prize will be displayed in the enchanting setting of York St Mary’sYork Art Gallery’s contemporary art space next spring following the great success of last year’s inaugural exhibition held at the same venue. With only one month left to enter, we take a closer look at this one aspect of the Art Prize which offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience in an innovative and fascinating setting.


Ken Griffiths: Quiet Heroes, Ffotogallery

Created last year, Ken Griffiths’ series of photographic portraits capturing people and places celebrates individuals who continue to make remarkable contributions to their communities. The collection, running at Ffotogallery 3 – 24 August, Cardiff, is also a meditation on what it means to be Welsh. Emerging  from the images comes a single yet multi-faceted identity from the residents of the different regions that make up Wales: the mountains in the North, the valleys of the South, the fishing communities of the West and the agricultural East. Consequently Quiet Heroes documents community life, recording a way of life that may soon become history. 

Interview with Australian Artist Patricia Casey

Patricia Casey is an Australian artist whose work combines photographic montages with embroidery, to create complex images that are both seductively beautiful and psychologically unsettling. Exploring the themes of memory, dreams and imagination, her work has been exhibited and collected internationally. Patricia’s work makes reference to the historical tradition of memento mori in which a lock of human hair, embroidery, fabric, or ribbon are used to decorate the frame or surface area around a treasured photograph, thus transforming the image from a thing of the past to an object of the present.  The photographs are handled and touched, the surface disrupted by the stitching. Aesthetica spoke to Patricia to find out more about her work and her future plans.


Interview with artist Cecil Gresham

American artist Cecil EciAm Gresham, works predominantly with DLSR and SLR photography, but also has a distinct painting style, absent of structure. His images incorporate an abstraction of facts, going beyond the first layer of matter. through experimenting and independent study. His work has been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions such as: The Lunch Box Gallery Miami, Soho Photo Gallery, Limner Gallery and Artspace MAGQ Gallery. Aesthetica spoke to Cecil about his work.


Aesthetica Issue 54 August/September Out Now

This issue pays homage to artists who are pushing the boundaries and doing things in new and exciting ways. The pages within are a celebration of creativity in its many forms. It’s the desire to lead, not to follow, which shouts loudly throughout this edition. Inside we start with the Jason Rhoades, Four Roads  retrospective, which opens at ICA Philadelphia and surveys the work of this extraordinary artist. The Rediscovery of the World  is the latest exhibition to open at Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, showcasing a new wave of contemporary Dutch photographers. James Turrell opens three shows simultaneously, each examining the artist’s groundbreaking explorations of light, colour and space.

Aeshetica Chats to Artist Jo Holland

Jo Holland works on the border between photography and painting, employing the techniques of both to create images that belong to neither medium. Holland makes photographic prints without the intermediary of either camera or negative, directly exposing the object through the focusing lens onto what becomes a unique lifochrome print. In this respect her work goes against the grain of much of contemporary photographic practice, which is dominated by the reproducibility of the medium and its digital manipulation. Aesthetica spoke to Jo to find out more about her work and what we can expect to see in the future.


Interview with artist Bijan Rashedi

Washington DC-based artist Bijan Rashedi’s abstract oil paintings have been a great compliment to the sophistication needed for decorating industrial interiors, law firms, private collections and much more. Painting and drawing have always been his biggest true passion and he plans to expand his collection of paintings and have exhibitions in the museums worldwide. Aesthetica spoke to Bijan to find out more.