The sixth annual Beck's Futures exhibition and awards. This yearâ€™s exhibition will feature the work of six artists working in the UK as selected by an international panel of judges: Lali Chetwynd, Ryan Gander, Christina Mackie, Daria Martin, Luke Fowler, Donald Urquhart.
The ICA is delighted to present the sixth annual Beckâ€™s Futures exhibition and awards. This yearâ€™s exhibition will feature the work of six of the most exciting artists working in the UK as selected by an international panel of judges.
Highlights of this yearâ€™s exhibition include a new performance work by Lali Chetwynd described as â€˜a medieval play, only a sexy oneâ€™; absorbing and intriguing work on film by Glasgow-based artist and musician Luke Fowler; Ryan Ganderâ€™s â€˜Incomplete History of Ideasâ€™, which includes a â€˜pub-conversationâ€™ style lecture that draws on urban myth and anecdote; Christina Mackieâ€™s evocative sculptural installations â€“ arising from her attempts to â€˜describe a sensationâ€™; a seductive film by Daria Martin entitled â€˜Closeup Galleryâ€™ which uses a sleight-of-hand artist to explore ideas of illusion; and new works by Donald Urquhart, whose darkly humorous drawings have previously served as club flyers. Rather than proscribed by a need to work in any one media, or bound by any one methodology, the work on this yearâ€™s shortlist is diverse and non-linear, fitting well into the interdisciplinary context of the ICA.
The selection for this yearâ€™s Beckâ€™s Futures 2005 has been made by the curators Jessica Morgan, Louise Neri and Beatrix Ruf and the artists Wolfgang Tillmans and Cerith Wyn Evans.
Beckâ€™s Futures and is the result of an ongoing collaboration between the ICA and Beckâ€™s Bier, and has established a reputation for identifying and supporting the work of the most promising artists in the UK. The participating artists will share a Â£40,000 awards-fund, with one artist selected for a further overall award of Â£20,000, to be announced at an awards ceremony on 26 April 2005.
Beckâ€™s Futures 2005 will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue available from the ICA Bokshop. The exhibition will subsequently travel to the CCA Glasgow, 28 May â€“ 10 July 2005.
Upper and Lower Galleries, 12 - 7.30pm daily, except 20th April (12- 7pm) and 26 April (closed)
Venue(s): Lower Gallery. Upper Gallery.
Image: Lali Chetwyne, An Evening With Jabba the Hutt
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