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"Glen Dimplex Artists Award Shortlist Announced 2001"
2001-01-15 until 2001-05-01
Irish Museum of Modern Art
The names of four artists shortlisted for the £15,000 Glen Dimplex Artists Award 2001,
orgainsed by the Irish Museum of Modern Art, were announced
December 13, 2000 by the jury panel. They are American film and video artist Matthew Barney, the
British photographic artist Richard Billingham, the Irish painter Elizabeth Magill and the
Scottish-born sound artist Susan Philipsz.
Described by 'The New York Times' as the most important American artist of his
generation, Matthew Barney is best known for his 'Cremaster' film series. Slow moving
and hypnotic, his films manipulate different theatrical and cinematic genre to produce
works of great richness and complexity. At once biological, psychological and technological,
Barney's films range in subject matter from the plight of a love-lorn queen in
turn-of-the-century Budapest to the life story of the Utah murder Gary Gilmore. Each
'Cremaster' instalment is accompanied by sculptures, photographs, drawings, artists books
and video editions, which serve to embody and define the series as a whole. A graduate of
Yale University, Barney has shown in many leading public and private galleries in America
and Europe including the San Francisco MOMA, the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, the
Tate, London, and the Kunsthalle, Vienna. He is nominated for the award for the
'Cremaster 2', shown by Temple Bar Properties, in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar,
Dublin, in May 2000. Born in San Francisco, in 1967, Barney now lives and works in New
Richard Billingham's photographs present an unflinching portrait of his family and the
urban environment around his home. He first began taking photographs as a means of
getting ideas for his paintings, but later came to the view that they could exist in their own
right. The photographs constitute a fascinating portrait of his life - tender, funny and
melancholic. Frequent subjects are his father, Ray, whom he describes as a chronic
alchololic and his mother, Liz, who hardly drinks but does smoke a lot. She likes pets
and things that are decorative. Billingham has recently completed a number of video
works and a series of urban landscapes taken around his home in the North East of
England. He is nominated for his exhibition at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, which
comprised these later works. The exhibition was originally shown at the IKON Gallery
Birmingham. Billingham holds a BA in Fine Art from the University of Sunderland. Since
1994 he has shown in many group exhibitions and in solo shows throughout the UK and
Europe and in New York and Los Angeles. Born in Birmingham in 1970, he now lives and
works in Stourbridge, West Midlands.
Elizabeth Magill is a painter of great versatility and inventiveness, whose work has always
drawn on a wide range of visual sources. While she has often integrated photographic
materials and processes into her painting, her primary concern has always been an
exploration of painting itself as a medium. This has taken her through the use of pattern
repetition, geometry and the photomechancial. Her most recent body of work is a typically
idiosyncratic investigation of the traditions of landscape painting, via a witty parody of the
landscapes of the Romantic period. The spaces I create feel familiar but are more in tune
with half visited, non places. Although they appear as landscapes, I relate to them more
as some sort of neutral areas, she says. She is nominated for her participation in the
'Places in Mind' exhibtion at the Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast (October-December 2000).
Born in Ontario, Canada in 1959, Magill was brought up in Cushendall, Co Antrim. She
know lives and works in London. Magill attended the Belfast College of Art and the Slade
School of Art, London. She has participated in more than 30 group shows and has had solo
exhibitions in several UK venues and in Dublin, Madrid, Dusseldorf and Saarbrucken,
Susan Philipsz' work deals with the spatial properties of sound and with the relationships
between sound and architecture. She is interested primarily in the emotive and
psychological properties of sound, and how it can be used as a device to alter individual
consciousness. She has used sound, and more recently song, as a medium in public
spaces to interject through the ambient noises of the everyday. Using her own voice, she
attempts to trigger an awareness in the listener - to temporarily alter theit perception of
themselves in a particular place and time. In the past she has tested her work in a
number of modern public buildings where their neutral backdrops have provided an ideal
setting for exploring the communal effect her work has on a public audience. Her more
recent work has sought to sustain the listeners attention over longer periods of time,
where the pauses between the songs are just as important as the singing itself. My sound
pieces are an attempt to lure the listener out of the present, to catapult them from the
'here and now' into a more private and personal state of mind, she says. Philipsz is
shorlisted for four sound works - 'The Internationale', 'It Means Nothing to Me', 'The Dead'
and 'Reminds Me Baby of You'. Philipsz holds an MA in Fine Art from the University of
Ulster. She has participated in many group shows worldwide, including Manifesta 3, and
exhibitions in Derry, Walsal, Amsterdam and Chicago. Born in Glasgow in 1965, she lives
and works in Belfast and is currently on a PSI scholarship in New York.
One hundred and ten nominations were received this year, 36 from overseas. Commenting
on the shortlist panel member Polly Devlin, the writer and art collector, said: We were all
greatly impressed at the richness and diversity of the submissions and these qualities are
also reflected in the shortlist, with each artist's work being not only so entirely different but
created by such diverse means. These artists and their work are already lodged in the
mind of the gallery going public, yet each has created work which is at once new, surprising
and familiar - the shock of the familiar made completely new. Fellow panel member
Jonathan Watkins, Director of the IKON Gallery, Birmingham, said: The 2001 shortlist was
arrived at in the most obvious and democratic way. They were all neck and neck and
clearly ahead of the rest. The artists short-listed had such different strengths, working
across a wide range of media, styles and propositions. So far they are equally impressive
to the panel. Our next step, deciding who will win, is obviously going to be very difficult.
The Glen Dimplez Artists Award, sponsored by the Irish-based company Glen Dimplex in
association with the Irish Museum of Modern Art, is designed to mark a significant level of
achievement of development in the work and practice of exhibiting artists. The 2001 award
was open to Irish artists who have exhibited in Ireland or elsewhere from 25 November
1999 to 24 November 2000 and to non-Irish artists who have exhibited in Ireland in the
same period. The four shortlisted artists will now be invited to show work on exhibition at
the Museum, which opens to the public in May 2001. All four will be paid a fee of £1,000 at
this stage. The £15,000 award will be presented to the winning artist at a dinner following
the final jury meeting later in the year. The award was first made in 1994. Since 1998 an
additional non-monetary award for a substained contribution by an Irish artist to the visual
arts in Ireland has also been made.
The jury panel for the 2001 award is:
Polly Devlin, writer, art collector and Chair of IMMA's International Council.
Jonathan Watkins, Director, IKON Gallery, Birmingham.
Mark Francis, Director, Fig. 1, London.
Gavin Friday, composer and performer.
Dr Margaret Downes, Chair, BUPA Ireland, and Director, Bank of Ireland.
Fiona o'Malley, Board Member, IMMA.
Brenda McParland, Head of Exhibitions, IMMA (Chair of panel).