Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition – October 2015

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Thomas Harrison – From Andrew’s Flat, Singapore 2015 – Pencil.
First Prize

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015

Mix of work, as usual, some very beautiful across drawing, film and paper cut-outs…even a saucepan.  First prize was the drawing, above, by Thomas Harrison.

Second prize was a short film shot from a plane, landing and taking off, of the ground and the lines on the ground and what happens to your view of them as the plane moves. Mesmorising.


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Elisa Alaluusua – Unconditional Line 2015. Video, duration: 7 minutes

Interesting to see what the jury choose to include in the show and the final winners.  It must be difficult to choose the winner from the amount of work submitted each year. Certainly, I was surprised at the drawing that won first place looking at the work that surrounded it and bearing in mind winners from past years. Perhaps, this year was a reaction to the winning work of the year before (2014) which was a spoken piece by Alison Carlier.

‘Winner of the First Prize, Alison Carlier (b.1971 Epsom, UK) studied BA Fine Art at The University for the Creative Arts, formerly The Surrey Institute of Art and Design (1999-02) and MA Drawing at Wimbledon College of Art (2011-13). She lives and works in Dorking, Surrey.

The extract Carlier reads aloud in Adjectives, lines and marks describes a Roman pot found in Southwark, not far from the Union Street location of Jerwood Space where the Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition is taking place. Its source is a reference book held at the Museum of London Archive ‘Roman Southwark Settlement and Economy – excavations in Southwark 1973-91’.

Carlier explains “I was struck by the rich descriptive language of the text, mainly concerning the object’s tone and materiality. On reading the text aloud, I realised the piece worked similarly to prose; it exists in your head, rather than in a made or finished way. This open-endedness puts it in a similar place to some drawing conventions. The adjectives remind me of the texture of dry materials; charcoal, conte, etc. The text seems to align itself, or suggest, marks on a 2D surface. It made me wonder if any sound piece could be classified as drawing; and I don’t think it can. It needs to resemble the essence of drawing practice in form and content.”



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