Posted on 28th September 2016
27 September – 8 January 2017
The New Media Express in a Temporary Siding (Baby Wants To Ride) 2016
By Josephine Pryde, 2016
Courtesy Joe Humphrys © Tate Photography
Celebrating its 32nd year, the biggest prize in contemporary art returns to the Tate Britain with four shortlisted artists:
Working primarily in sculpture, Dean creates work that is concerned with the physical presentation of language. His sculptures and installations reference the everyday urban environment and familiar but aesthetically overlooked materials.
Hamilton works across sculpture, installation, performance and video, bringing a surrealist sensibility to popular culture and the mind-bending volume of stylised and sexualised imagery in the digital world. While rooted in the history of sculpture her work seduces the viewer with comic and unexpected combinations of images, materials and words, as well as dramatic shifts in scale.
Marten brings together a wide range of found objects and immaculately crafted elements in her sculptures. While suggestive of contemporary visual culture, as well as various kinds of art since the 60s, the work defies both form and meaning: it attracts and intrigues while also resisting interpretation and categorisation.
Through photography and installation Pryde explores the very nature of image making and display. She is fascinated by the relationship between art and photography, of art as commodity and of the seductive qualities of the wider art world. Her work often calls into question the conventions of the gallery and the complex networks of the art world.