Feast your eyes on all the superlative work included in the show here:
Jurying such strong work was extremely satisfying but difficult. Even more challenging was picking the winners from so much excellent work. We say all of these artists deserve prizes!
Fortunately we had the support of our illustrious group of international jurors – one chosen from each of the continents – to help us with this. Each of these successful artists poured over all the accepted art and spent a lot of time picking their winners. As artists themselves, they took this process very seriously, and we are proud to announce their decisions:
Sui Jianguo (Asia), internationally acclaimed Chinese sculptor, represented by Pace Gallery. http://www.pacegallery.com/artists/459/sui-jianguo
“I have reviewed all the works in the collection several times. My second choice goes to artist Szilvia Gyorgy. My final pick goes to Hubert Dobler. I mostly appreciate his work for combining the elements of body, space, video and other objects, with an underlying imagination, to express unique and regional characteristics, with cultural spirit, romantic yet concrete.”
Marlene Sarroff (Australia) well-known artist, critic and gallerist. malenesarroff.com
“What a fantastic line up of entries. I have chosen these two favorites:
1. Tamara Van San. Very impressed by the organic nature of the work, the incredible play and freedom, within what sometimes is thought to be quite a rigid medium. The successful spatial arrangements of the works in come together to make a most exciting installation.
2. Herbert Dobler. The marks are powerful. The suggestion of some quite aggressive action having taken place. The unrestrained abandonment that, disrupts the pristine space like a juvenile crime scene. Very masculine and youthful, but at the same time the marks have a mesmerising attraction, that exudes rhythm, and movement.”
Francisco Bassim (South America) 2011 Venezuela Representative to the Venice Biennale. www.facebook.com/bassimarte
“I have chosen the work of Rachel Shatil, because it feels to me warm-hearted and it breaks with formality. It is like the summation of many things in few words; it captures a wonderful moment, causing this simple and wild image to hold all the humanity possible in an inanimate object.”
Zsolt Asztalos (Europe) 2013 Hungary Representative to the Venice Biennale. asztaloszsolt.com
“I choose Moira Agius. In her work the material and the inmaterial world come together in the same time. We can realise how the everyday life melts into transcendence. The artist demands the viewers to contemplate and to complete their deep absorption.”
Aissa Deebi (Africa) 2013 Palestinian Representative to the Venice Biennale and co-curator of the Palestinian Pavilion. aissadeebi.com
“This is my selection. Christine Comeau’s performance work, that has a social practice aspect. She is dealing with issues of exile, displacement and nomadism. I think her work is outstanding and she deserves to be selected for the award.”
Ian Boissonnault (North American) – Artist and gallerist currently on staff at Art New England. facebook.com/i.boissonnault
“The Ian Boissonnault Biennial Project Its About Us North American Great Justice Primary Number One Prize goes to Christine Comeau for her Cone People. We all wanted to know so much more about this piece, we were really drawn in, and the people involved for the most part looked like they were into the fact that they were in big conical orange outfits on carts. was it a part of a video? or a performance? the image haunted us for days in a good Patrick Swayze way. TELL US MORE.”
In addition to the work thoughtfully chosen by our esteemed international jurors, We The Biennial Project are proud to announce the following additional winners: Dara Lorenzo, Graehound, Hildy Maze, Justin Augspurg, Megan Michalak, Paul Weiner, Svetlana Swinimer, Vladimira Sedlakova, and Walter Kopec.
Check out all the winning work below:
AVB WINNERS SLIDESHOW
And it’s probably clear by now, but the AVB3 Grand Prize Triple Platinum Super Winners Best in Show Awards must go to Herbert Dobler and Christine Comeau for being the fav’s of so many.
More on both of them to come!