This year, Tate Liverpool will have the honour and pleasure of hosting what is perhaps the most important event in contemporary art in the UK – the Turner Prize. The shortlist for this year includes: Heather Phillipson, Ingrid Pollard, Veronica Ryan and Sin Wai Kin. The artists are seemingly very different in their approach to art-making but they joined by their desire to push boundaries and challenge our perceptions of the world, whether it’s about gender, ecology or the absurd. Let’s take a quick look at the nominated four.
Heather Phillipson is an artist who encourages curiosity and cultivates strangeness – her multimedia work is constantly shifting in form and focus, with elusive subject matter that sometimes materialises in the form of bold, public-space sculpture. Perhaps her most famous work is THE END – a giant sculpture of whipped cream with a cherry on top, shown in Trafalgar Square. She is nominated for her solo exhibition RUPTURE NO 1: blowtorching the bitten peach at Tate Britain.
Ingrid Pollard is predominantly a photographer but also works with sculpture, sound and movement. She explores themes of Britishness, race, landscape, sexuality, history and deep time and challenges assumptions about the experience of alienation, as illustrated by her well-known work Pastoral Interlude from 1987. Pollard is nominated for her solo exhibition Carbon Slowly Turning at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes.
Traces and memory are the key themes of Veronica Ryan’s work. Nominated for her solo exhibition Along a Spectrum at Spike Island, Bristol and her Hackney Windrush Art Commission in London, Ryan uses motifs of fruits, vegetables and seeds, as well as containers and compartments in her sculpture and installations which range from minimalist and smaller in scale, to larger public work.
Sin Wai Kin is a London-based, non-binary, mixed race multimedia artist who expertly leaps between categories and bends existing narratives in order to describe the experience of identification, desire and consciousness. Sin’s video works filled with mesmerising characters whose journeys lead them to dissolving binaries. The artist nominated for their involvement in the British Art Show 9 and their solo presentation at Blindspot Gallery.
Luckily for us, having the Turner Prize exhibition on our doorstep means we can easily see the show in person and perhaps even pick our favourites ahead of the winner announcement in December. So put the date in your diary – the opportunity to see it is too good to be missed.