Issue 55 of Aesthetica is in shops now. This issue concentrates on redefinitions as a way of constructing new meaning. The artists featured expand across decades of contemporary practice, and the works included test the resilience of the artist. Inside we start with a look at Elmgreen & Dragset’s latest installation Tomorrow, which takes over the former Textile Galleries at the V&A, London. The artists have created an apartment belonging to a fictional, elderly and disillusioned architect to comment on the loneliness and alienation ever-present in today’s society.
The largest art buying events in the North of England open later this week. Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary will return to Hardman Boulevard, Spinningfields, Manchester from 26 to 29 September. Following its unparalleled success in 2012, Buy Art Fair, the UK’s biggest contemporary art fair outside London, celebrates its sixth year, while its sister show, The Manchester Contemporary, will mark its fifth anniversary showcasing world-class, critically engaged contemporary art.
This September Formento+Formento celebrates the launch of a new artbook, Circumstance. The book will be released by YellowKorner internationally and will arrive in the UK on 12 September and in France on 18 September. The photographic duo, made up of BJ and Rochelle Formento, will attend a special evening event on Wednesday 18 September at the YellowKorner gallery in the Pompidou centre. Featured on two covers of Aesthetica, Formento+Formento’s striking frames uncover cinematic beauty and theatrical stories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’s – York 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.
Samuel Wright: Simple Present, Short Fiction Finalist in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2012
Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2012, Samuel Wright is an English teacher. His stories have appeared in a variety of collections and magazines, including the 2011 Bristol Short Story Prize anthologies, and have been performed on stage at Liar’s League events in London. He is currently working on a collaborative story and image project on Hackney Marshes. Themed around daily habitual life, Samuel Wright’s short story Simple Present is a captivating read seeking to address the routine and unchanging events occurring in a day. The introductory paragraphs are captured here in an extract; the full story was published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2013, along with other finalists and the winning entries. The deadline for this years competition is 31 August.
Susan A. Katz has been writing and loving poetry all her life. Her work has appeared in The American Scholar, The Kansas Quarterly, The Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry, besides dozens of other literary publications. As a finalist in last year’s Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition, her poem Born Twice was published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2013. Here, Susan talks in an interview about her creative inspiration, passion for interdisciplinary art practice, and how publication in the Aesthetica Annual sparked new creative ideas.
Even in the modern age, 90 percent of the earth’s oceans still remain unexplored. Every time the ocean is further investigated many “new” species are uncovered. Due to the lack of facts surrounding the deep, imagination takes the reins and as such legends of monsters and mermaids have long been popular. The sea has often embodied subconscious fears and unnamed desires and Aquatopia examines how the ocean comes alive in human minds. Running at Nottingham Contemporary, the major exhibition continues from 22 July until 22 September.
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2013 is open for entries. Now in its sixth year, the competition offers both existing and aspiring writers the chance to showcase their work to a wider, international audience. It celebrates and nurtures creative talent, and previous entrants have gone on to achieve success and recognition across the world. Prizes for the winners of the Poetry and Short Fiction categories include a selection of books by our competition partners Bloodaxe Books and Vintage Books, who have inspired poets and writers for generations. The collection of prize books will provide a platform to gather inspiration and creative writing ideas, helping to propel your writing career onto new ground.