June 16, 2016
Grand Prize awarded by Dave Bown Projects
Dave Bown Projects is pleased to announce the results of the 12th Semiannual Competition which was curated by Kathleen Goncharov, Curator of Contemporary Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art; Irene Hofmann, Director and Chief Curator, SITE Santa Fe; Al Miner, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from submissions that were received from artists from approximately 40 countries. This competition features images of the work of 25 visual artists. Etsuko Ichikawa received Grand Prize. Raheleh Filsoofi, Boyang Hou, Elise, Sujin Lim, and Bradley Tucker each received Award of Excellence.
"The work that most stood out to me in this group of submissions was Etsuko Ichikawa's video Echo at Satsop. With the decommissioned Satsop nuclear facility as a powerful stage set and protagonist, Ichikawa creates stunning visuals that evoke a haunting mix of fear and poetry."
— Irene Hofmann, Director and Chief Curator, SITE Santa Fe
“Equal parts performance documentation and otherworldly cinematic experience the mesmerizing video Echo at Satsop by Etsuko Ichikawa reveals the dramatic potential of a simple gesture made in an extraordinary setting. I was not only struck by the professional and creative cinematography, but also by the powerful soundtrack. Nearly every shot would make a compelling still image; the meditative sound could also stand alone. Both contribute to a sense that this clearly real place could be on earth or elsewhere — in the past, present, or far-off future.”
— Al Miner, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston