20 July 2010 § Leave a comment
Not widely reported in the news – presumably because it is not quite controversial enough, the Contemporary Art Society’s Annual Award shortlist has just been announced. The italicised section below is copied from the CAS press release (not my usual practice!);
Leeds Art Gallery (Leeds Museums & Galleries) – proposal with artist Clare Woods
mima, Middlesbrough and the AV Festival – proposal with artist John Gerrard
Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester – proposal with artist Nico Vascellari
In the second year of the Contemporary Art Society’s Annual Award, the proposals listed above have been shortlisted by our selection panel: Pavel Büchler (artist), Caroline Douglas (Head of Arts Council Collection), Lisa Panting (Director, Picture This) and Emily Wardill (artist).
The panel’s role is to select a winner from the many excellent proposals submitted by public collections across the UK who are Members of the Contemporary Art Society. The shortlisted Museums reflect a range of approaches to the priorities for the Award: to develop an outstanding new work from an artist who may be showing widely but who is not yet represented in public collections in this country, or, whose work is an important fit with an existing collection..
The winning proposal will be selected in November this year and will be announced at the Contemporary Art Society’s Annual Reception on 9 November 2010 at Tate Britain.
I have not been able to look at the proposals but will try to find out more in the near future and update you on these pages. Gerrard and Fowler produce very interesting video and film works and it will be interesting to see what they come up with for this award. Meanwhile Clare Woods produces large scale semi-abstract oils of murky landscapes painted from photographs (image) – but are they a little too contrived, wholesome and, dare I say ‘pretty’? A handful of works have made it to the likes of Christies and Phillips, but hammer prices have remained modest.
Nico Vascellari I am unfamiliar with, so please allow me to quote from the catalogue of Manifesta 7 at Trentino:
Cultural anthropology is the framework for Nico Vascellari’s complex and eccentric installations which combine performative and sculptural elements with drawings, collages, videos and sonic extravaganzas. Folklore, nature and the alternative underground scene contribute to the artist’s unusual analysis of contemporary visual culture. Vascellari, himself a singer in the punk band, With Love , operates using rebellious artistic gestures that originate in tribal rituals of an archaic world, on the threshold of expression and collective consciousness.
His contribution to Manifesta 7 are large scale video installations, recordings of performances that artist conducted in various natural environments (a cave near Rovereto, the Carpathian Forest, the Black Forest, Finland, Norway and Tasmania) with the participation of musicians, representing diverse musical genres, including noise, black metal, doom, folk, ambient and electronic. Overlapping layers of music, influenced by the atmosphere of nature (forests and mountains in particular), orchestrated in seemingly random sequences, present new sense of landscape. Vascellari’s work provides a journey, where the grotesque and sublime conspire towards the production of an experience that is purifying, aesthetic and sensory.
Whew! Has anyone see this work – please let us know. Meanwhile I know who has my vote – Forza Azzuri!
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