Yuri Pattison has been awarded the Frieze Artist Award 2016 to develop a new site-specific project for Frieze Projects – this year curated by Raphael Gygax – to be presented at Frieze London this autumn.
Now in its third year, the LUMA Foundation-supported award is a commissioning prize aimed at artists aged between 25 to 40 years old. It offers a budget of up to £20,000 to cover artist’s fees, travel and all production costs.
The London-based artist’s winning proposal will see him install a series of large-scale data visualisation monitors throughout the fair. This networked artwork will allow a live response to trending consumer data and behaviour collected from the art fair in action.
The work was selected from submissions from over 75 countries by a jury chaired by the Frieze fairs’ artistic director Jo Stella-Sawicka and composed of Gygax, artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Stedelijk Museum director Beatrix Ruf, and Kunstverein Hamburg director Bettina Steinbrugge.
The previous two winners of the Frieze Artist Award were Rachel Rose in 2015 and Melanie Matranga in 2014.
Speaking to a-n News in July 2015, Pattison, whose work explores ideas around data privacy and sharing, said: “In London, the industry of art is a big thing and it’s almost like you have trade secrets – people are surprised if you tell them where you got something printed, where you found that material.”
“It’s like if you give it away your work will be worth less, somehow. There needs to be more knowledge sharing within the London art community – not just this critical sparring – if contemporary art is going to still serve a useful purpose.”
Frieze London takes place between 5-9 October 2016
1. Yuri Pattison, sketch for Insights (crisis trolly) – (working title), 2016. Copyright the artist and mother’s tankstation