Art Open 2017
2017 Art Open Prize Winners
First Prize supported by Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Katharine Fry (British, b. Belgium 1981) works in video installation with a background in performance. Marrying a mid-century aesthetic with a gothic strategy, Fry’s primary character is a female figure contained in an interior space. A fantasy automaton, her vitality is registered through blinks and breaths as she carries out arbitrary and ultimately purposeless tasks. Fry’s work is permeated with ambivalence. Her character appears physically caught between enclosure and protection and psychically lingers between inertia and withdrawal. Through a feminist process, Fry turns her interest to enmeshment and individuation, questions of agency and interiority, strategies of in/action and pathologies of development.
Highly Commended as Chosen by the Judges
Bound to the Mill
The Black Swan Arts Solo Show Prize, chosen by the Black Swan Programming Group
Videotopia – English themes after Claude Lorrain, 2014, 5 edition
I am a multidisciplinary artist, working between town and country, studio and streetside. Over the last years I have predominantly produced print objects and print, performance, public interventions, site specific work and video. The complex relationships between people and place are my main source of inspiration, the production of landscape between mythology and terroir is at the core of my interests. My Videotopia stagings manipulate familiar narratives of the land and well-known scenarios of public space, both urban and rural. I work from historical sources, art and site observation, juxtaposing profanity with the ideal, behaviours and cultures with place, conceptions of the urban and rural.
Highly Commended chosen by Black Swan Arts Programming Group
Cauldron Series # 2
Babington House Mentoring Prize
Postscript 3D Prize
Sam’s Kitchen Deli Local Artist
The Mount Student Prize
Erosion of the Flesh