Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Count Down 22 Days to Go – Jurgen Winkler

Less than a month remains until the Aesthetica Art Prize 2013 closes for entries, and to mark the countdown we’re taking a look at a different artist each day who made it through to the final stages of last year’s Prize. Today’s featured artist is Jurgen Winkler, who achieved recognition in the Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture category with his intriguingly metaphorical sculpture A Prisoner’s Dilemma.

Jurgen Winkler has been working as a full time professional artist since 2007 and also holds a Biology degree from the University of Amsterdam. In recent years he has had several solo and group exhibitions in the Netherlands, including at the Gemeente Museum in The Hague (2011 and 2012). Jurgen’s biology studies laid the foundations for scrupulous research and recording; as a biologist he conducted detailed analyses on jellyfish and toads and his meticulous observation of animals led to a deep-rooted interest in human behaviour, which became a significant source of astonishment and inspiration in his work.

In game theory, “a prisoner’s dilemma” is a powerful mathematical metaphor that demonstrates how defection can undermine cooperation. Through A Prisoner’s Dilemma, Jurgen shows the different sides of dependency in relations, exploring conflicting themes such as alienation and intimacy, power and impotence. In his installations, sculptures, drawings and photographs, humour is often perceptible and palpable though a dark and aching undercurrent also characterises his work. Using different techniques and materials, including clothing and household goods that originate from recycling shops or his private surroundings, Jurgen is able to create self-reflective pieces which also speak about the human condition.

Make sure you get your entry into the Aesthetica Art Prize before 31 August. To enter and for more information visit:

1. Jurgen Winkler, A Prisoner’s Dilemma, Aesthetica