Good news! It appears I’ve been selected for the Salon Art Prize exhibition this year. There were some big names on the selection panel; Gavin Delahunty (Head of Exhibitions, TATE Liverpool), Godfrey Worsdale (Director, BALTIC centre for contemporary art), Anthony Spira (Director, Milton Keynes gallery) and Susanna Brown (Curator, Photographs, Victoria & Albert Museum). Over 2255 artists and photographers applied with 88 selected for the final exhibition.
The first part of the exhibition will take place at the Matt Roberts Arts gallery space, 25b Vyner St, London, E2 9DG. The private view is on Thursday 11th October and the exhibition runs between the 12th Octoer and the 3rd November. The Salon Art Prize 2012 will tour to the Griffin Gallery, The Studio Building, 21 Evesham Street, London, W11 4AJ from Thursday 6th – Friday 28th December (open Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm). So please come along!
Here’s a preview of the piece they’ve selected. It’s titled Happy Wesak after a number of greetings cards I collected in Sri Lanka (Wesak or Vesak is a Bhuddist holy day). This wall assemblage incorporates a stickered floral postcard stuck to a magnolia wood-chip wallpapered panel. A can of Aloe Vera lychee juice and a piece of Blutac balance on the top edge. The objects included in this assemblage suggest both the suburban domestic realm as well as a more hybrid, global world of images. The materials are chosen both for their materiality and their metonymic power.