Dave Bown Projects is pleased to announce the results of the 13th Semiannual Competition which was curated by Helga Christoffersen, Assistant Curator, New Museum, New York; and Kelly Kivland, Associate Curator, Dia Art Foundation from submissions that were received from artists from approximately 40 countries. This competition features images of the work of 25 visual artists. Unrestricted monetary awards to visual artists totaling $10,000 USD has been awarded. Buket Savci received $5,000 USD (Grand Prize). Joshua Hagler, Desirée Holman, Joe Horton, Christina La Sala, and Millicent Young each received $1,000 USD (Award of Excellence).
Christina La Sala
Vanessa Niederstrasser Jakub Pasierkiewicz
Brian Christohper Sargent
“From all the submissions, what struck me was the number of works, and paintings in particular, grabbling with topologies in contemporary imagery that we most often encounter through digital media. Works that stood out by Buket Savci, Joshua Hagler, and Danny Ferrell span the figurative and the abstract, but are all distinctly iconic scenes taken from a popular cultural imaginary.”
— Helga Christoffersen, Assistant Curator, New Museum, New York
“Emphasized in the impressive range of submissions was work that poignantly addresses acute personal approaches to the predicaments of contemporary life. From the conceptual play of gravity in Millicent Young’s Luminous Room, a floor-to-ceiling grid installation of golden horsehair strands that speaks to the impossibility of measuring our fragility, to Joe Horton’s Depths, a broad-stroke figurative painting in which the heavy, unstable drips attempt to upend the intensity of a woman’s gaze. I was also compelled by the inventiveness of Desirée Holman’s video-performance work, Heterotopias—a semi-narrative journey that explores our entanglement with the deception of technology, specifically our increasing fascination with popular archetypes in a culture that’s based on youthful escapism.”
— Kelly Kivland, Associate Curator, Dia Art Foundation