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Today, the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, Chicago (MoCP) introduces Chicagoans to the work of the artists nominated for The Grange Prize 2010 with an exhibition celebrating this yearÃ¢s shortlist. To acknowledge the opening, we spoke with MoCP curator Karen Irvine, also a member of this yearÃ¢s nominating jury for The Grange Prize, about what to expect from the exhibition and the process of selecting the shortlist.
The Grange Prize: What was your criteria when you were thinking about who you wanted to be part of the shortlist?
Karen Irvine: I was really trying to find artists who are working in interesting conceptual ways and could use the sort of support that the prize can provide, and who would also potentially challenge the general publicÃ¢s perception of what photography is, to push people out of their comfort zones, in a way, and ask them to consider what contemporary photography can be.
How important was it to you that all of the artistsÃ¢ work play off each otherÃ¢s in some way? Was the shortlist chosen as a group?
It was. The shortlist is a very deliberately curated group. Because we really needed to make sure that the artists could compete fairly. idahofoudation repair . ThereÃ¢s so much diversity in photography, and a documentary photographer is so radically different from somebody whoÃ¢s working in an abstract or conceptual way, like our photographers are. We really felt that we wanted people to be compelled to learn about each photographer. Its important that all of the artists work similarly enough that people canÃ¢t simply vote for the type of photography they prefer, rather they have to become familiar with and then vote for the artist they prefer based on the content and ideas behind the artwork.
Do you think that peopleÃ¢s expectations, when they seek out a photography show or consider viewing a photography gallery in a museum, are typically for work that engages artful documentation?
I think, to a large extent, yes. We confront that a lot at the MoCP because our collection spans back to the 1930s, and people come in and really do want to come see a Walker Evans or a Garry Winogrand image, for example. Photography is so ubiquitous, and we see it every day, and that is primarily what it is used for, to report on the world. But it also does more than that, and for some artists, and for all of the artists on the shortlist, photography is used as a tool after or in tandem with experimentation with different mediums, approaches and strategies.
Can you talk a bit about what youÃ¢re planning for the exhibition at the MoCP? What itÃ¢ll look like, and what youÃ¢re planning for the space?
We have all four artists in the same gallery space, and each artist is represented by one body of work. TheyÃ¢ll be a couple of Kristan HortonÃ¢s large Orbit pieces, and three of Leslie HewittÃ¢s Riffs on Real Time, a small cluster of Josh BrandÃ¢s abstract works, and then a selection of Moyra DaveyÃ¢s Copperheads.
What do you think is in store for the viewer?
Well, in some ways the artistsÃ¢ practices are really diverse and itÃ¢s hard to draw parallels, but I would say that generally what each artist is up to isnÃ¢t totally obvious at first glance. florida web design . For the average viewer, their work will likely raise more questions than provide answers. If you look at Moyra DaveyÃ¢s Copperheads you might be surprised by her choice of subject matter Ã¢ why would somebody shoot pennies in this style, and what does this mean? I think that all of the artists are very interested in the photograph-as-object, and are raising questions that complicate our reading of their work. Even though each artist is working with two-dimensional imagery, I think that theyÃ¢re all very interested in creating a tension between photographic space and real space, and by abstracting and layering visual information, they make us aware of our own act of looking, as well as our process of perception.
So are you going to vote?
Yes, of course!
Have you decided who youÃ¢re going to vote for?
The MoCPÃ¢s exhibition of works by the four photographic artists nominated for The Grange Prize 2010 will be on view through December 22. For more information, visit http://www.mocp.org/exhibitions/2010/10/the_grange_priz.php.
Starting today, you can cast your vote to decide who wins The Grange Prize 2010, honouring the best in international contemporary photography? Who will you choose? Josh Brand, Moyra Davey, Leslie Hewitt, or Kristan Horton? Visit thegrangeprize.com to view galleries of their work, watch artist videos, and vote for your favourite. The winner takes home $50,000 on November 3!
From left to right: (1) Moyra Davey (Canadian), Copperhead #77, 1990, chromogenic print, 51 x 61cm. Courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy, New York. © 2010 Moyra Davey (2) Kristan Horton, Canadian, Orbit: Dark Center, 2009, chromogenic print, 134.6 x 101.6 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto. ©2010 Kristan Horton (3) Josh Brand, American, Untitled, 2009, chromogenicprint, 24.4 x 20.3 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Herald St. London, UK. © 2010 Josh Brand (4) Leslie Hewitt, American, Riffs on Real Time (10 of 10), 2008, chromogenic print, 101.6 x 76.2 cm. golden root complex . Courtesy of the artist and D’Amelio Terras, New York. © 2010 Leslie Hewitt
In the final video in The Grange Prize artist series, Moyra Davey reflects upon her artistic lineage and influences, and discusses the tension between digital and analog technologies. Take a look at the video, then visit thegrangeprize.com to view more and vote!
“One of the aspects of photography that is really beautiful is that it transports you – you look at an image and you’re somewhere else. kitchenaid repair atlanta . And I like to play with that a little bit and remind viewers that, especially when you think about a photopgraph as an object, it travels, it moves, its context shifts, whether it’s in a book or on a gallery wall, or hidden in a stack somewhere.”
– Leslie Hewitt, nominee for The Grange Prize 2010
Who will you choose? Vote for your favourite online at thegrangeprize.com or inside the exhibition at the AGO beginning September 22!
In late May, AGO and Aeroplan announced the four shortlisted artists for the Grange Prize. These four photographers – Josh Brand, Moyra Davey, Leslie Hewitt, and Kristan Horton – represent a variety of creative styles and four intriguing views of the photographic medium.
Get to know these artists and their work at the Grange Prize website, where you will find images, video, and a history of the prize. Over the past few weeks, The Grange Prize blog has posted videos of each artist as they discuss their work and techniques – everything from materials, use of space, perspective, their photographic history, and even a bit of philosophy.
One of the best elements of this contest? Beginning Wednesday September 22, the public (meaning YOU) can visit the GP site to vote for the winner. So get to watching, reading, and voting!
A selection of works by all four shortlisted artists will be on view at the MoCP from October 8 through December 23, 2010.
The launch of The Grange Prize 2010 is just around the corner, and we’re celebrating by continuing to post new content to the blog to make sure that you’re informed and ready to cast your vote! Voting opens the Wednesday, September 22, the same day that The Grange Prize Exhibition 2010 opens at the AGO and all four artists appear at a free talk at the Gallery at 7pm! Be there!
In this video, American artist Leslie Hewitt discusses how considerations of history and time influence her practice, and breaks down her Riffs in Real Time series. glass pitcher . Foundation Repair . Take a look!
DonÃ¢t forget! Vote, see the show, hear the artists, all on September 22. atlanta appliance repair . And the best part (well, a really good part) is that it is all free Ã¢ the AGO is Free on Wednesday Nights after 6:00 pm!
Ultimately ten finalists will be chosen based on viewer votes and one winner will be given a job and a $1,000 signing bonus!
Go cast your vote for the "I am the Future of Journalism" contest now!
Do you think we’ll see more contests like this in the future?