AL and AL win the Liverpool Art Prize 2009. Elizabeth Willow is the People’s Choice.
At a packed special Awards Ceremony in the Wake Theatre at Novas Contemporary Urban Centre tonight, AL and AL were presented with the prize of £2000 as winners of the Liverpool Art Prize 2009.
Also after counting over 1000 votes cast by visitors to the gallery it was announced that Elizabeth Willow was the winner of the £1000 ‘People’s Choice’ prize.
The ceremony was hosted by artinliverpool.com who set up and organise the prize which started in 2008 during Liverpool’s reign as European Capital of Culture.
For the Art Prize exhibition AL and AL presented new work including ‘I want to run in my mountains’ (2009) which features ‘Biped 00’ running through a shower of pink triangles high in the mountains as ‘Biped 01’ is measured and recorded in a motion tracking volume. The anaglyph video works have been commissioned for an exhibition in the city of Mechelen Belgium, the location from which the trains destined for Auschwitz departed. The pink triangle was the Nazi German symbol for homosexuals, many of whom were murdered by the regime. The scientific quest to measure, quantify and ultimately control human behaviour is mirrored in the reflective world of the Avatar series where AL and AL’s studio performances have been transformed into biped animations using motion tracking biometric technology.
Also their ‘The ‘Suit of Cups’ (2009) places ‘Biped 00’ and ‘01’ as the central protagonists in a selection from the Tarot Deck; playing cards which are used to contemplate an individual’s predicament and divinate a possible future. The new rational world of measuring human behaviour is composited into the old irrational landscapes of superstitious symbolism.
Ian Jackson, Director of artinliverpool.com, said
“We’ve had tremendous feedback from the exhibition and are delighted that over 1000 visitors voted. The judges found AL and AL’s works very well executed and engaging, it is work that people keep returning to and encourages debate.
“Elizabeth’s work is particularly popular amongst visitors of all ages who find her delicate and beautifully constructed installation enchanting and engaging on an emotional level”
Photos by Ed Horwich
The other shortlisted artists are: Terry Duffy, McCoy Wynne, Nicki McCubbing and Richard Meaghan
Main Sponsors: Duncan Sheard Glass Chartered Accountants (Main Prize), Arthur Diamond Design (People’s Choice Prize, printing & signage), Alexander MacGregor (Catalogue design & production)
• Alex Corina – Artist
• Imogen Stidworthy – Artist, Winner of the 2008 Liverpool Art Prize
• Amrit & Rabindra Singh (The Singh Twins) – Artists and winners of the 2008 People’s Choice Prize
• Claire Hamilton – presenter for BBC Radio Merseyside
• Paul Hyland (Duncan Sheard Glass – Accountants)
• Jay Mitton (Arthur Diamond Design – Signs and Printers)