Jan 2 - Feb 1, 2015
Friday, Jan 2
SOLO 2015 Winners:
and Wendy Wolf
SOLO 2015 awards a solo exhibition to two artists who have never had a solo show in a commercial gallery. The yearly deadline is October 15. Click here for more info.
The two winners of the SOLO 2015 competition are Lyell Castonguay and Wendy Wolf.
The six finalists, out of 157 entries, were:
Judith Tolnick Champa, independent curator
I am extremely impressed by the number and variety of artworks submitted thoughtfully to this competition, and I want to thank everyone for taking the time and effort. Frequently, your participation spawned my first encounter with work that I intend now to follow.
In many cases, submissions show evidence of years of committed practice. Yet they also indicate the ambitions of artists who are midcareer, emerging, or talented students. This mix provided for an exciting and challenging selection process. Thank you all for submitting such salutary indications of your art, with rarely predictable accompanying rationales for its coming into being.
Finalists inevitably had to be selected. Through their skillfully executed work, each solo finalist demonstrates an original concept and creative impulse. Each represents an art of exceptional immanence, and capaciousness.
“Fuji,” woodcut on paper, 36" x 24", 2014 (Photo: John Polak)
By using the eccentric contours and monumental scale of woodcut, Castonguay distorts the familiar imagery of birds into allegorical beasts. Their forms are fanciful exaggerations— a synthesis of his avian encounters blended with mythology.
These creatures, depicted in portraiture and piled masses, exude ferocity and restlessness. They are personified predators eager to confront the viewer’s imagination.
“Examined Repetition: Image 12-17" (detail), highly pigmented acrylic ink on Yupo paper, 12" x 12", 2014
The series “Examined Repetition” is my form of poetry. My repeated mark-making evolved from artwork I was creating using automatic writing as imagery. As I worked I wanted to remove my direct use of words from the image and make it more about the meditative actions. Although it is no longer text, my intent with the mark making is still communicating through a language—an open visual language—to develop a dialog between my intention and your interpretation.
This series of ink drawings began while listening to Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians.” Music is a driving force as I create. As soon as the first pulses begin, my hands go to work and my mind clears. The music ebbs and flows through the work. Sometimes it is pushing forward, becoming almost a direct visualization of what I am hearing, and other times it becomes an underlying force that allows me just to make.