Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Countdown: Longlisted Artist David Ricci

David Ricci is an American photographer whose large-scale images explore the underlying rhythms and patterns that emerge from chaotic scenes. His latest ongoing project is a major departure from his earlier bodies of work. He takes photographs of peculiar, intriguing scenes whose meaning is a bit ambiguous and accompanies the images with text. The final piece becomes an entry in an evolving image-based reference that merges his photographs with words from unwitting online collaborators.

The selected piece for the Aesthetica Art Prize, Which Winch, makes use of the same subject matter but is a departure from the usual approach Ricci takes to extracting order from chaos. For this piece he made several photographs of the steel winches that are common to all of the fishing boats.

Fifteen images were selected, then precisely cropped to form a perfect circle-within-a-square, and finally arranged in a grid. The completed piece allows for an appreciation of not only the individual “portraits” but also their common elements, their relationship to their neighbours in the grid, and the rhythm and flow that emerges when viewing the entire array.

Ricci has exhibited widely including the Fogg and DeCordova Museums. Ricci’s photographs are in many collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He was the recipient of the Annual Curator’s Award from the Center for Photographic Arts.

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Enter the Aesthetica Art Prize at Entry is £15 and permits the submission of two works into one category.

Submissions close 31 August 2014. Prizes include £5,000 courtesy of Hiscox; group exhibition, publication, art books courtesy of Prestel and art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton.

1. David Ricci, Which Winch. Aesthetica Art Prize: Photographic & Digital Longlist. Courtesy of the artist and Aesthetica.

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