Another year, another Turner. This year’s four potential £25K winners are…. (in no particular order… you know how objective we are): Spartacus Chetwynd, Luke Fowler, Paul Noble and Elizabeth Price. But because we aren’t objective enough we shall give this year’s jury a few recommendations right?
Starting with our favorite up above: Mr Paul Noble, the surreal architecture & scatological drawing master who was nominated for his 2011 solo show at London’s Gagosian Gallery: “Welcome to Nobson”. An exhibition around Nobson Newtown, his fictional city composed of labyrinthine edifices and deserted topography embedded with modules of dense detail. Such complex structures that tend to mix the worst and most divine features of human species much like Bosch and Bruegel did in the 16th century. The most perverted of all 4, the one who should definitely ear the cash.
Although wickedness aside the jury believes all nominees share “a common sense of humanity and lack of arrogance” as well as an interest in the 1960s and 1970s – decades when they were growing up. How about the other 3?
Luke Fowler (the youngest of all 4 and famous for his mixages of found footage with own material) has been shortlisted for his exhibition at Inverleith House in Edinburgh which showed his third film from a trilogy about the late Glaswegian psychiatrist RD Laing ( who espoused views that challenged the psychiatric orthodoxy).
And to shake things a bit (because we also love this last one) Spartacus Chetwynd (well known for off-the-wall performance pieces) has been nominated for her solo exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ, London, “Odd Man Out”, creating once again her a carnivalesque performance involving handmade costumes and sets and blurring the boundary between performer and spectator and improvising improvising improvising!
This year’s nominees exhibition is back to London and will be held @ Tate Britain opening on 2 October 2012. The winner will then be announced at the same museum 2 months after: on Monday 3 December. Good luck folks!