Oct 26, 2011

AWARDS | Round Two

Coveted by all; obtained by few!

Hard to believe that the semester is already half-over... which means that we have another round of blog award winners! I have been mightily impressed with the efforts of this first group of contemporary art bloggers - as they hone their critical language and point their gazes towards a host of exhibitions, artists, books and trends I am learning as much as they are. But enough chitter-chatter, jibber-jabber and yimmer-yammer, let's have on with it!

BEST PROFILE | Melissa Weatherall on Jason Villegas
Melissa examines in her profile on Jason Villegas not only the artist's use of materials but also the promiscuity of meanings. I found most interesting Melissa's analysis of class-referents here. Her prose is clear (as are her images), and she provides a good introduction to the artist's work. Well done, Melissa!

Honorable mentions in this category go to Vanessa Stuart's entry on Melanie Rothschild and John Seaton's profile of Douglas Melini.

BEST TREND | Meagan McLendon on Cymatics in Art

Really, there was little competition in this category this time around. McLendon is acutely knowledgeable about the subject at hand, and the examples of cymatics (the study of making visible sound waves) show a diversity of deployments: scientific inquiry, performance, and spirituality. The result is a deep investigation of how science and art making practices meet to produce something else altogether.

Honorable mention in this category goes to Kealy Racca for her entry on Cinedance.

BEST BOOK REVIEW | Alyshia Maynard on George Saunder's The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil
Alyshia's review not only considers the content of Saunders allegorical and fictional tale, but also discusses not only the author's gift for description (rendering his steampunk creations visible in a reader's imagination) but also the accompanying illustrations. There could be a stronger connection to contemporary artistic practice, but Maynard's discussion of political context more than makes up for this.

Honorable mentions in this category are Sarah Beth Perry's discussion of From Bauhaus to Our House and Jonathan Peter's entry on the Art of West Texas Women.

BEST EXHIBITION REVIEW | Keller McConnell on Tony Cragg's Seeing Things at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas

Filled with a smorgasbord of images, Keller's review exemplifies the benefits of prolonged and careful looking. Not only is Keller attuned to the space of the Nasher Sculpture Center itself (which is quite remarkable in and of itself), but Keller carefully discusses the output of Tony Cragg.

BEST COMMENT | Katie Lewis on Brittany Ham's trend entry

Katie's comment is obviously provoked by a specific sentiment in Ham's entry. She then goes on to riff on the concept herself, helping the author to build a discussion regarding the meaning of the anonymity of painted female figures.

The winners get five points added to their final grade, a Toy Joy surprise and, of course, a lifetime supply of dog food...


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