At the Winner’s Announcement on October 7, five juried award winners were announced along with the winner of the public vote. Juried award categories included 2-D, 3-D, time-based, international, and best use of urban space. We asked each juror to talk about the criteria they used in selecting their winner. See the videos below, along with info and images of the winning works.
JURIED AWARD FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL WORK
Xenia Kalpaktsoglou is a curator and co-director of the Athens Biennale. As one-third of XYZ—a collaboration with artist Poka-Yio and curator/art-critic Augustine Zenakos—she co-founded the Athens Biennale in 2005.
Presenting sponsor: HAWORTH
Winner: Mark Wentzel, “XLounge Series”
A group of three modified, iconic lounge chairs, with the original cushions removed and replaced with over-stuffed, “super-sized” versions modeling the human body. XLounge is a safe and playful analogy to critical contemporary issues of disproportionate consumption and the global obesity epidemic.
JURIED AWARD FOR BEST USE OF URBAN SPACE
Jeff Speck is a city planner and architectural designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design.
Presenting sponsor: Huntington
In Ah-Nab-Awen park, Plan B is an outdoor installation that simulates a post peak-oil world. It’s a small community where electricity is intermittent and everything has been made of pre-existing products and materials, constructed using old technologies or pieces that were just left behind.
JURIED AWARD FOR TWO-DIMENSIONAL WORK
A well-known arts writer, curator, educator and administrator, Phillips Phillips is Dean of Graduate Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
Presenting sponsor: UICA
This creamy slice of life is a banquet, a still life, and a personal and collective portrait. It is a familiar picture in the annals of Art History and in our daily lives. Lewis & Clark exploit this duality in an exploration of opulence by creating a vignette of contemporary existence that hovers between the mundane and gluttonous fantasy.
JURIED AWARD FOR TIME-BASED WORK
Judith Barry is an artist, writer whose work crosses a number of disciplines: performance, installation, sculpture, architecture, photography, and new media.
Presenting sponsor: Atomic Object
Winner: Yoni Goldstein, “The Jettisoned”
“The Jettisoned,” references the tradition of the Tableaux Vivant in painting and photography as it maps representations of identity and the bodily. This film is the first of three in a series about sites for ritual healing and the notion of collective, conditional, and porous anatomies
JURIED AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL WORK
Jury: Brett Colley, David Greenwood, Deborah Rockman, Norwood Viviano
Presenting sponsor: Experience Grand Rapids
Made from projections and mechanically induced precipitation which serve as a “screen” for a loop of video projections. Rectangular shapes, recess one behind another, rise, fall, and move through the mist in ever-shifting patterns. The shapes resemble stacked architectural sections at one moment, phantasmal apertures the next.