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Art Editorial

balticartaward17.jpg BALTIC Artists’ Award: I’m a fan

BALTIC has launched the first worldwide biennial art award to be judged solely by established artists who have each selected an emerging artist whose work they strongly believe in.

Eric N. Mack (selected by Lorna Simpson) is fired by a love of fashion, form and material, fusing paint with readymade fabrics (that’s his work, pictured). Often deconstructing and reconstructing fabrics, his large-scale patchwork panels blur the line between utility and style. Less – for want of a better word – cluttered, is Jose Dávila (selected by Pedro Cabrita Reis) who is influenced by minimalism, American conceptual art and Brazil’s neo-concrete movement. His sculptural work is based on arrangement and overlapping of common construction materials, kept in perfect balance and addressing the never-ending struggle against gravity. Toni Schmale’s sculptures, meanwhile (selected by Monica Bonvicini) formulate a radical critique of existing social power relations and their stereotypical gender constructions. Finally we have Shen Xin (selected by Mike Nelson). Her practice engages with moving image and event through the scripted and the informative. By focusing on interpersonal complexity and political narratives, her films often aim to generate reflexiveness to dismantle dominant power structures. Me? I’m lumping on Toni Schmale, but why not pop along and pick your winner?

BALTIC Artists’ Award 2017, 30 June-1 October, BALTIC, Gateshead. balticmill.com