The Aesthetica Art Prize, which is now open for entries, is an annual award given by the international art and culture publication Aesthetica Magazine, distinguished by its dynamic content, merging compelling critical debate and stunning images, to engage with all aspects of visual art and culture. The Aesthetica Art Prize celebrates excellence in art from across the world and offers both budding artists and established practitioners the opportunity to showcase their work to wider audiences and further their involvement in the international art world.
Aesthetica Issue 59 is now available to purchase online and in stores internationally. The new edition explores the idea of the unexpected and the notion that what actually happens is different from what was originally planned. Inside this issue, we start with Barbara Kruger’s new major site-specific installation at Modern Art Oxford, alongside her iconic 1980s paste-ups that continue to critique our consumerist culture.
The creative hub of East London, the Old Truman Brewery arts and media quarter on Brick Lane, plays host once again to Europe’s largest graduate art, design and fashion show, Free Range. The exhibition showcases the breadth of work being produced by the UK’s army of young creatives – both to the public and to the creative industries on the look-out to spot rising new talents.
Degree Show season is upon us once more and art students up and down the UK are in the process of preparing their final projects for examination. The concluding exhibitions offer a public audience an insight into the brightest new talents at work in the art industry. From Edinburgh to Plymouth, London to Norwich, Aesthetica takes a look at the best emerging artists.
Mei Liu is the Design Director of fashion house Priory of Ten. Born in Northern China, Liu has lived in Canada and the USA. Priory of Ten was formed in 2012 and aims to produce quality pieces exuding harmony and balance. Before she moved into fashion, Liu worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) after acquiring a business degree from the University of Toronto. She speaks to Aesthetica about her future collections and the impact of her education upon her design work.
Today there is one month left to visit the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space. Featuring eight artists working in media from photography to film and painting to installation, the show represents the breadth and quality of work being produced today in the UK and internationally. The finalists hail from New Zealand, Chile, Germany, Italy and Britain; and the works of a further 92 international artists is displayed on monitors with the gallery. To celebrate this landmark exhibition in contemporary international art, we highlight works within the Video, Installation and Performance category, which can all be viewed here via YouTube and Vimeo.
Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki (b. 1940) has spent the entirety of his life capturing the female form. With his wife as his central muse, the artist has shot over 250 books of women, flowers and city landscapes. Unconcerned with taking photographs for a commercial purpose, Araki is content to just show his final works to friends and he prefers to aim his lens at the things he loves and the places he is familiar with. However, his art is due to be appreciated by many more people as an overview of his provocative practice is now documented in Taschen’s Araki by Araki.
Karen Mabon’s designs are beautiful, bold and brash. All hand-illustrated, her silk scarves combine delicate drawing with playful and quirky aesthetics. With designs that cover everything from a British garden to a stationary cupboard, Mabon transforms everyday clothing into works of art. Her pieces have appeared in the likes of Cosmopolitan, Elle UK, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and she also produces clothing and jewellery. We speak to Mabon about her journey into the fashion industry and her favourite designers.
Bringing together simplicity, contemporary design and experimental form, Isabel Wong is a luxury womenswear designer based in London. Interested in translating conceptualism into wearable products, Wong is often inspired by paradox and enigma. She is also concerned with innovation and sustainability and often utilises unusual materials in her pieces. Aesthetica speaks to Wong about her design process and British fashion.
NOISE Festival is now open for entries. The award-winning national arts charity has announced an outstanding line up of Curators to handpick online entries for the 2014 event, including fashion designer Giles Deacon, games legend Ian Livingstone CBE (Tomb Raider), architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw (Eden Project), pioneering musician Brian Eno, acclaimed cartoonist Gerald Scarfe CBE (Pink Floyd’s The Wall), cult horror film writer Clive Barker, photographer Elaine Constantine, and arts broadcaster Tim Marlow (White Cube Gallery) and more.
Kourtney Roy’s striking fashion photography is currently on the cover of Aesthetica. Roy began her career with the intention of becoming a painter. However, after taking a photography course she quickly found a passion for the instantaneous nature of this art form, enjoying being able to immediately capture a scene as it was unfolding. The photographer was born in Ontario, Canada and now lives in France, and her images draw on a large selection of artists such as Jeff Wall, Guy Bourdin, Stephen Shore and Francis Bacon. This year the Aesthetica Short Film Festival launches a Fashion Film strand and Roy has also produced a number of these glamorous short films. She speaks to us about her narrative construction and the benefits of fashion film.
Newly extended due to popular demand is the exhibition at London’s Design Museum, Hello, My Name is Paul Smith, that will run until 22 June. Looking at the work of this British Designer, the exhibition highlights at the impressive selection of work from this iconic men’s wear designer.