A celebration of excellence in art across the world is on at York Art Gallery until September 30. The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2018 showcases work from 12 Aesthetica Art Prize shortlisted artists.
Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Art Prize offers emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience and further engage with the international art world.
From personal to universal ideas, the selections hold a mirror to society, exploring wider themes prevalent in today’s globalised, digitalised world.
The 2018 presentation includes pieces from 12 shortlisted artists.
These new visionaries hail from locations including Australia, Belgium, Italy, the UK and USA.
As well as displaying examples of sculpture, painting, photography, installation and video, works from the wider 2018 longlist will be available to view on monitors at the exhibition.
“Every year, this prize becomes more ambitious,” said Cherie Federico, director of Aesthetica.
“Indeed, the works submitted and selected are increasingly dynamic: they evoke a range of emotions from despair to hopefulness for a future world where society is more harmonious.
“It is an honour to view so many innovative pieces that chronicle the times in which we live. I am delighted that, through the Aesthetica Art Prize, we can focus our efforts on talent development and contribute to global dialogues.
“Over 4,500 works were submitted this year, and the judging process was rigorous – decisions were based on skill, originality and technical ability.
“Curating the exhibition of shortlisted artists was hugely rewarding; during the process, there was a constant reminder of how the modern world is affecting daily life.”
Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2018
This year’s exhibition examines the changing landscape of society.
A wide range of topics delve into the human condition, posing questions about an increasing level of mass consumption, over-stimulation and emotional disconnection.
These include new modes of communication and the depleting nature of analogue, a rise in technologies mimicking nature and the after-effects from the war on terror.
Aesthetica’s accompanying publication Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists is on sale as part of the exhibition.
It features artists’ statements, images of the works and essays from leading art figures.
A series of Lunchtime Talks will be held throughout the run.
They will be developing ideas from the artworks and expanding upon wider conversations within the industry. Visitors will have the opportunity to hear directly from leading artists, curators and academics.
The Aesthetica Art Prize consistently champions artists working across mediums from photographic and digital art, to three dimensional design and sculpture, to installation and performance.
Previous finalists include John Keane, former official British war artist, and Julia Vogl, shortlisted for Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4′s New Sensations.
This year’s Main Prize winner was David Birkin (USA) who received £5,000 prize money courtesy of Winsor & Newton.
Electra Lyhne-Gold (UK) won the Emerging Prize, receiving £1,000.
Highlighting the notion of representation, Birkin’s Profiles addresses the way contemporary conflict is depicted.
In collaboration with the NGO Iraq Body Count, the project questions the values placed upon humanity.
Addressing the relationship between spectacle and loss, at its core it focuses on the representation of civilian casualties from the Iraq War and the paucity of such images.
Considering the theme of representation further, Lyhne-Gold’s Lost in Translation, sees the artist stage herself in surreal, fictional narratives, inhabiting invented personas or characters.
Continuously exploring how the viewer interacts with the figure in the works, the artist utilises humour to usurp capitalism while undermining advertisement culture through mimicry and imitation.
The other shortlisted artists, featured in the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition at York Art Gallery are:
- Fabio Lattanzi Antinori
- Jiayu Liu
- Jukhee Kwon
- Kenji Ouellet
- Laura Woodward
- Lisa Chang Lee
- Noémi Varga
- Peter Davis
- Reginald Van de Velde
- Shauna Frischkorn
Aesthetica Art Prize
Entries are now open for the next Aesthetica Art Prize.
There are two overall prizes – Main Art Prize and Emerging Art Prize.
The Emerging Art Prize is open to current students and artists who have graduated within the last two years. The Main Art Prize is open to all, including those eligible for the Emerging Art Prize.
Winners receive cash prizes, editorial coverage, art supply vouchers and art books as well as being featured in the exhibition and published in Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists.
The closing date for entries is August 31, with the long-list announced in December.
The shortlist will be announced in January 2019, with winners announced at the exhibition in spring 2019.
Spectrum Photographic is a partner for the Aesthetica Art Prize. We have produced C-type Matt prints onto Dibond for the photography section of the exhibition.
Upcoming talks include:
- Navigating the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, with Griselda Goldsbrough, Thursday, June 7, 12.30pm
- Creating Successful Strategies, with Cherie Federico, Thursday, June 21, 12.30pm
- Photography: A Part of the Everyday, Thursday, July 5, 12.30pm
Main image: Reginald Van de Velde installation shot © Aesthetica