AAP: Identifying Themes

Throughout the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, which runs until 10 September at York Art Gallery, a series of talks with artists, curators and academics will shed light on current practices and new modes of art making. Drawing upon the works in this year’s shortlist and their own experience, the speakers will invite audiences into an engaging discussion.

The second talk of the series will take place at 12:30 on Thursday 8 June at York Art Gallery. Griselda Goldsbrough leads an informative tour around the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, identifying the various themes and techniques presented by the 2017 selection. The talk will highlight key modes of representation and interpretation used in the show.

The exhibition features the work of 16 international artists who comment on contemporary culture, and explore themes such as alienation in the digital age, the intersection between illusion and reality and the blurring of boundaries between public and private spaces.

Utilising a range of media, the shortlisted artists work within the categories of Photographic & Digital Art; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture. and Video, Installation & Performance. Images of 84 longlisted pieces will be shown on monitors within the gallery – offering a unique chance for visitors to explore the breadth and diversity of work being produced across the world today.

1. Emmanuelle Moureaux, I am here (2016). Courtesy of the artist.