Aesthetica Art Prize Call For Entries: Longlisted Artist, Val Wecerka

Rather than one single working style, Wecerka’s practice covers an entire spectrum of topics and forms, from figurative to abstract and ornamental, holding a keen interest in experimenting with different materials to express ideas. In (un)written letters, the question is that of human communication. Making use of helixes and snail-like forms like the infinity sign as symbols of human empowerment, such characters and symbols structure the area of images.

The long way is also a part of this cycle, where from rows of arranged archaic or primary acronyms, like letters or a foreign script, the composition emerges. Sigmund Freud said: “The art is almost harmless and beneficent, art wants nothing that to be an illusion.”

The Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 is now open for entries, accepting submissions across a range of media including photography, sculpture, installation, painting and artists’ film. Prizes include up to £5,000 courtesy of Hiscox, group exhibition, publication in 100 contemporary artists, £250 art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton and art books courtesy of Prestel. Selected artists are also showcased on Aesthetica’s online channels.

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1. Val Wecerka, The long way, (2015). Courtesy of the artist.