The 2012 SECA Art Award recipients have just been announced: Zarouhie Abdalian, Josh Faught, Jonn Herschend, and David Wilson.
Many Open Space readers will know that the biennial SECA Art Award was established in 1967 to honor individual achievements of Bay Area artists through an exhibition, an accompanying publication, and an honorarium. In a nice new turn of events, the exhibition for this year’s awardees will take place beyond the walls of the museum, in the fall of 2013, during the construction period for SFMOMA’s major expansion project. For this unique iteration of the award, the museum will commission new work to be presented at various locations in the Bay Area — a first in the history of the award program — as part of SFMOMA’s extensive off-site programming.
The press release is here.
The 15 finalists for the 2012 SECA Art Award were: Zarouhie Abdalian, Elisheva Biernoff, Nate Boyce, Tammy Rae Carland, Anthony Discenza, Liam Everett, Josh Faught, Chris Fraser, Jonn Herschend, Cybele Lyle, Jonathan Runcio, Jesse Schlesinger, Chris Sollars, Lindsey White, and David Wilson.
Zarouhie Abdalian, _Away Setting_ (installation view, MacMillan Building, _Ninth Shanghai Biennial: San Francisco Pavilion_, Shanghai, China), 2012; timers, lights, inaccessible split-level rooms; © Zarouhie Abdalian
Josh Faught, _It Takes a Lifetime to Get Exactly Where You Are_, 2012; Handwoven sequin trim, handwoven hemp, cedar blocks, cotton, polyester, wool, cochineal dye, straw hat with lace, toilet paper, paper towels, scrapbooking letters, Jacquard woven reproduction of a panel from the AIDS quilt, silk handkerchief, indigo, political pins, disaster blanket, gourd, gold leaf, plaster cat, cedar blocks, and nail polish; 96 in. x 240 in. (243.84 cm x 609.6 cm); Courtesy the artist and Lisa Cooley, New York; © Josh Faught [CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW]
Jonn Herschend, _Nothing Happens for Long, Four true stories where nothing happens_ (production still), 2011; 18 x 20 in.; Commissioned by the Oakland Museum of California and the James Irvine Foundation; © Jonn Herschend [CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW]
David Wilson, _Memorial Fort Gathering_, 2009; social practice: memorial structure, gathering with orchestration for cello, recorded voice, and trumpets; © David Wilson; photo: Terri Loewenthal [CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW]