Every year the Turner Prize nominates some artworks that may seem very strange or stupid to the general populous. If you work within art, you start to become familiar with artists and their work and the nominees don’t look so weird anymore. Normal people aren’t generally interested in the elitist world of art, art galleries and artworks and when confronted with something very strange, they usually disregard it very quickly and call it ‘rubbish’ and ‘stupid’. I normally agree with those people, as a lot of work can be very irritating to see, it’s poorly thought out or not obvious what it is or just plain boring. This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take interest though. We should be aware of what is happening in the art world, if we know what’s out there, we know what not to do again or who to find inspiration from.
The Art Classroom has decided to give you a quick guide to the Turner Prize ’09 and let you become the judge and jury. There is a large amount of prize money available for the winner, as well as a greater amount of attention due to the media attention the prize receives. Have a look at the artists below and decide which artwork you would prefer to win the prize.
Nominee 1: Enrico David
Enrico David is a modern surrealist who tries to make his audience feel uncomfortable or shocked. He creates colourful but disturbing images of harlequins and weird creatures, he also sculpts these images from soft and hard materials. His main piece in the show is several large egg shaped men with rocking chair legs.
Nominee 2: Roger Hiorns
This young artist creates sculptures and installations (an area of art). He is focused on the chemical change that happens when creating something from one state to another. He often uses chemical reactions such as burning or crystallization for his artworks, they are normally not just one state but are the change of states. His main piece in the show is a pile of dust that used to be an aeroplane’s jet engine.
Nominee 3: Lucy Skaer
The only female nominee, Lucy makes artwork focusing on space and natural objects. They are often things she has found and placed together or changed by sculpting and transforming. She uses photography and research to help her with her ideas that look very simple, though it’s obvious she spends a lot of time on the idea and how she wants you to view it. Skaer’s main piece in the show is a huge whale skull hidden behind slitted walls.
Nominee 4: Richard Wright
Richard Wright creates wall paintings and sculptures that only stand out to those that look hard enough. His work is often very white (gallery walls are usually white too) and delicate, almost to the point that if you weren’t told it was there, you wouldn’t have spotted it. He is interested in architecture and playing around with form and space.
So there you go. That’s the four nominees for the Turner Prize. You might not actually like any of their work, but if you were to choose a winner for the prize, who would you choose? Please leave your vote below and we’ll announce the Art Classroom vote in 2 months time on the 7th Dec 2009. The actual Turner Prize winner will be announced on the 7th Dec 2009, so it will be interesting to see how we fair against the real jury.