BALTIC Announces Winners of First Emerging Artists’ Award
Discover the artists chosen by Monica Bonvicini, Mike Nelson, Pedro Cabrita Reis, and Lorna Simpson.
Selected individually by Monica Bonvicini, Mike Nelson, Pedro Cabrita Reis, and Lorna Simpson, the four emerging artists will each be given a 13-week exhibition at the BALTIC (to open on June 30, 2017), £25,000 ($30,665) to create new works, and a £5,000 ($6,133) artist fee.
Conceived as a platform in which to expose their practices, the artists—who work across a range of media and hail from places such as North America, Europe, and China—will be given the opportunity to collaborate with BALTIC curators and have their work seen by the tens of thousands of visitors who pass through the art center each year.
When the exhibitions finish, audience members will be able to vote on which presentation they felt most deeply impacted by. The selected artist, who will be announced in autumn 2018, will be commissioned to create a work.
Jose Dávila, who was selected by Pedro Cabrita Reis, is a sculptor who uses common construction materials—such as boulders, glass, steel, concrete, and marble—that are kept in perfect balance, mirroring our struggle against the force of gravity.
New York-based artist Eric N. Mack, chosen by Lorna Simpson, is influenced by fashion to create patchwork panels that incorporate paint with readymade fabrics. Of her decision, Simpson said, “It’s a beautiful opportunity for an up and coming artist with an amazing language.”
Toni Schmale, who was elected by Monica Bonvincini, began working as an artist after a career as a professional athlete. Her past informs her current practice, which explores the body as an individual as well as a social carrier of desire, pain, adoration, agony, and torture.
Shen Xin, originally from China but based in London, works with film to ambitiously challenge dominant power structures. On the work of his chosen artist, Mike Nelson said, “I was immediately intrigued and wrong footed—it dealt with subjects and ideologies that I knew very little of, coercing my interest and understanding.”
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