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.
Crowther is intrigued at how the absence of the fourth wall in staged photography makes it difficult for the audience to suspend disbelief. In his work he plays with these problems through setting the scene in the past as a means of heightening the idea of a paused narrative. These narratives are intended to reveal themselves slowly, thereby creating ambiguities, both accidental and deliberate. Crowther achieves this by designing and creating his own sets, each one unique to complement the narrative subtleties of each concept. To deepen the worlds he creates further, he makes his own props ranging from vodka labels and cigarette packets to portrait photographs with art deco frames.
Crowther gained a distinction in Art and Design at Chesterfield College and went on to attend the University of Derby where he studied Fine Art and defined himself as a photographer. Since university, Crowther has exhibited across the UK, most notably in London. He has completed commissions for established galleries.
The Aesthetica Art Prize is open for entries until 31 August. Register your artwork here www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize
1. Calum James Crowther, She Had Absolutely No Idea What He Did. Aesthetica