With 19 days to go until this year’s Aesthetica Art Prize call for entries closes, we take a look at the Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture category, highlighting the work of Longlisted artist Andi Schmied. His work explores the underlying psychological patterns of urban landscapes through image-based installations and site-specific documentation. Schmied visits places that, for one reason or other, do not enter into conventional urban logic, yet are integral parts of our cityscapes. These vary from urban areas that have strayed far from their original function, to sparsely inhabited (but not abandoned) cities or utopian architectures. Starting with exploration, Schmied produces the documentation that later becomes the raw material for his interventions and final images.
Longlisted for the last Aesthetica Art Prize, State of Limbo, Sovereign House addresses the long abandoned building of Her Majesty’s Stationary Office, which has a significant history; it shaped the city of Norwich both by its architecture and by the arrival of its 800 workers in 1969. Schmied has extracted elements of its Brutalist architecture and recollected stories that have happened inside the building. The extracted physical elements have been destructed to echo the condition that the building now finds itself in.
Attracting thousands of entries from all over the world across a range of media, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of art from across the globe, and is now open for entries. It offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world. The Judging Panel enhances its position in the industry, bringing together specialists from leading cultural institutions.
The Aesthetica Art Prize is open for entries until 31 August. To submit, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize
For more information about the artist visit www.andischmied.com
1. Andi Schmied, State of Limbo, Sovereign House (2015). Courtesy of the artist.