Turner Prize 2013.

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Laure Prouvost portrait © Laure Prouvost, courtesy MOTInternational, London

 

Tonight will see the announcement of the winner of the 2013 Turner Prize. This year the infamous award will be presented in Londonderry for the first time ever.

Four British artists have been shortlisted to win the £25,000 prize money, to be judged by a panel that reads like a who’s who in European art institutions.

First up is Laure Prouvost. Originally from France she has lived and worked in the UK for many years and describes her difficulties with the language as a compelling force behind her creativity saying that ‘misunderstanding makes you use your imagination more’. Her works are certainly imaginative. The pieces presented for the award are a mixture of film, installation and sculpture that centre around the idea of exploring sensation and how this can be translated into art. Her art has been described as playful and full of warmth. Guardian art critic Adrian Searle believes her work to be ‘beautifully feminine’ and the pieces presented are a gentle ‘play on a feminine aesthetic.’

Secondly, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye will present a series of her paintings. The works are all shown in a room with deliberately low lighting and show a collection of fictional characters performing various actions; a man taking off his socks, another holding a gun, a third wearing a ruff. These odd constructed narratives are compelling, the artist describes the process of their creation as ‘working it out in paint as I go along, that becomes a narrative in itself.’

Next we have David Shrigley who explains that he is often not taken seriously by the art establishment because of the humour that pervades his work. For the award Shrigley has produced a sculpture of a nude man that blinks and urinates and whose proportions are deliberately bizarre. Shrigely encourages viewers to draw the nude model and their sketches then go on to become part of the exhibition. Shrigley democratises art by making a figure that can only ever be drawn imperfectly. The interactive experience this creates has proved very popular with exhibition goers and is typical of Shrigley’s fun, light-hearted approach to his work. He wants to open art up to people that believe it is somehow beyond their reach and believes that not fearing making mistakes is ‘the key to making good art’.

Lastly Tino Sehgal is also nominated for the award. Seghal is an interesting artist not least because he never allows his work to be filmed or photographed. Thus Seghal makes it completely obligatory for his art to be a direct experience. The piece he is presenting this year consists of an empty room which the visitor enters and where they are then approached by someone who asks to talk to them about the market economy in exchange for a couple of pounds. The work is about provoking conversation and discussion and is about as interactive as you can get. You can even come out of it literally richer. Searle has put his money on Seghal calling him ‘the real world class artist’ of the nominees and it will be interesting to see how the jury will respond to this unusual piece.

The results will be announced at 7:30pm tonight.

December 2013.

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