|Threadneedle Prize Winner 2012 |
Ben Greener - "My Feet"
I managed to get myself and my camera there, unfortunately the battery decided to stay at home in the charger. However I did help to choreograph a great photograph of the winner if I say so myself!
The tale of this prize is about two sculptors, two men named Ben and two men who took themselves at the starting point and the subject matter for their entry to this competition. Many thanks to Liberty for the photos of the chaps who won prizes.
First the winners and then the commentary.
|Threadneedle Prize Winner 2012|
My Feet by Ben Greener
Wood, Canvas, Glue, Tea & Coffee, 10x24x34,
People's Choice Award Winner
This is the one I predicted correctly - Robert Truscott won the People's Choice Award with Defeat.
|Defeat by Robert Truscott|
Mixed Media, Plaster, Epoxy Putty, Material on Armature, 367x167x49cm,
Out of the nearly 110,000 German prisoners captured in Stalingrad, only about 6,000 ever returned. Already weakened by disease, starvation and lack of medical care during the encirclement, they were sent on death marches (75,000 survivors died within 3 months of capture) to prisoner camps and later to labour camps all over the Soviet Union. Some 35,000 were eventually sent on transports, of which 17,000 did not survive. Most died of wounds, disease (particularly typhus), cold, overwork, mistreatment, and malnutrition.
|Robert Truscott and some of the figures in Defeat|
Islington Backgardens in Winter Sunlight
- Dreaming 2 by David Firmstone (one of the shortlisted artists see Threadneedle Prize 2012 - Shortlisted Artists)
- Islington Backgardens in Winter Sunlight by Melissa Scott Miller
Ben Greener is an excellent example of an artist who is very focused and makes things happen - besides creating sculptures. Ben has known he's an artist from a very early age and has spent much of his life making art. He started a degree course and then, having started, realised he needed to just get on and make art.
He decided a while back that the Threadneedle Prize was the sort of prize which could provide him with the capital to allow him to get a practice going in a studio. His original intention had been to provide a complete sculpture of his body - inside out. Which is how he came to construct his skull and spine and hands. However there were problems getting the whole structure to hang together and hence he decided to submit just his feet to the Threadneedle.
The judges apparently were of one mind as soon as they saw his work and knew that it was exceptional - this I heard from one of the judges telling Ben last night!
|Ben Hendy and his life size|
Keep an eye on his website http://www.bengreener.com/ which is cuurrently under construction. When finished it's bound to have interesting and innovative work from somebody who is definitely 'going places'.
The other Ben and another life size self-portrait
I was also very pleased to meet up with Ben Hendy last night and managed to persuade him to stand in front of his artwork - a linocut of his naked body - so you can get the sense of scale.
Ben was shortlisted for the Threadneedle Prize and last night won a prize of £1,000.
Ben told me that he'd handburnished the whole linocut - which for me makes it all the more remarkable.
What is most astonishing is that we have two young men - both called Ben and at the beginning of their career as an artist - who both chose to use themselves as their subject matter for their competition submission.
Both did something truly innovative - and both were duly recognised and became rather better off as a result.
Note: John Deston is to be congratulated for organising the best dinner I've ever had at an Events/Awards "Do". It was absolutely delicious.
For more about the Threadneedle Prize 2012 - and the Prize in earlier years - see my earlier posts (and images) below
2012 Threadneedle Prize
- Call for Entries for £30000 Threadneedle Prize 2012 03 Mar 2012
- Threadneedle Prize 2012: Analysis of entries / selected artists 14 Jun 2012
- Threadneedle Prize 2012: names of selected artists 21 Aug 2012 - this includes links to the websites of selected artists
- Threadneedle Prize 2012 - Exhibition now Online
- Threadneedle Prize 2012 - Shortlisted Artists
- Review: Threadneedle Prize Exhibition 2012
- Threadneedle Prize 2012: The Making a Mark Select Six
- Threadneedle Prize 2011 - a new selection process 26 Apr 2011
- Shortlist for Threadneedle Prize 2011 dominated ...08 Sep 2011
- Threadneedle Prize: The Making a Mark Select ...26 Sep 2011
- Review: Threadneedle Prize Exhibition 2011 22 Sep 2011
- Henriette Simson wins Threadneedle Prize 2011 06 Oct 2011