December 13, 2012

Congratulations to 2012 SECA Art Award recipients Zarouhie Abdalian, Josh Faught, Jonn Herschend, and David Wilson

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

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

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

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

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]

Comments (3)

  • Fantastic selection from a great group of nominees! Congratulations!

  • Congratulations to all! It’s going to be a great year. While everyone will mourn the 3 year closing, I think in the end it is going to be really productive and creative for city, for the artistic community, and for SFMOMA itself in thinking about ways to partner and expand its programming beyond its own walls. Looking forward to it.

  • Frank Lostaunau says:

    Will there be an entrance fee to view off site projects?

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