CultureLabel's Guide to The Turner Prize 2016
Posted on September 30 2016
Here at CultureLabel, we are very proud of all of our artists. With the re-occurrence of the Turner Prize this year, we wanted to recap on the amazing number of artists who have been nominated for or won the award, whose work is available for purchase... See all past winners and nominees here!
We also attended the press preview of the Turner Prize to find out what this year's shortlist has to offer...
Helen Marten is a multidisciplinary artist who combines found objects with handmade elements, to create intricate sculptural installations. Her Turner Prize exhibit consists of a number of individual, made up of various combinations of these elements, from ceramics to fish skins, in considered compositions. Her use of everyday objects, such as cotton buds and shoe soles, reference contemporary and historical society. Her space is divided into 3 areas by a large, diagonal wall, each acting as a marker point for the viewer to reconsider the space and objects that surround us.
Making waves in the British media Anthea Hamilton's work always includes an element of humour. She creates this comic factor by playing with her subject matter in unexpected ways, such as using extreme manipulations of scale and unusual materials or functions. Her Turner Prize entry has already gone viral. This giant bum with cheeks spread, has already made an appearance in magazines, newspapers and all over the internet - it is highly 'instagrammable'.
Josephine Pryde's work considers the nature of image making and display. Her photographs in particular question the way images are taken and shown, especially since the rise of smart phones and social media.
Michael Dean's exhibit is an immersive multi-disciplinary installation which takes up the entire room. Dean works in an unusual way; he starts by writing, before giving the words a physical form by turning them into sculpture. Piled into the center, is £20,435.99 worth of pennies, representing 1 penny under the UK poverty line for a family of four. This bleak sculptural landscape represents the struggle of poverty - quite a contrast to the glamorous event that is the Turner Prize.