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Frieze Artist Award 2016: Yuri Pattison

London, United Kingdom
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The winner of the 2016 Frieze Artist Award is the London-based artist Yuri Pattison. From 5–9 October, Pattison will realize a new installation at Frieze London as part of Frieze Projects, the fair’s celebrated non-profit programme.Curated in 2016 by Raphael Gygax, Frieze Projects and the Frieze Artist Awardare supported by the LUMA Foundation.

Following an open call, artist applications were received from more than 75 countries. Pattison’s proposal was selected by the jury including Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (artist), Raphael Gygax (Curator, Frieze Projects), Beatrix Ruf (Director, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam) and Bettina Steinbrügge (Director, Kunstverein Hamburg), with Jo Stella-Sawicka (Artistic Director, Frieze fairs) as Chair.

Working across digital media, video and sculpture, Pattison’s winning proposal explores ‘trending’ data and systems of interpretation or control. At Frieze London 2016, Pattison will install a networked artwork throughout the fair, involving a series of ‘Big Board’-style monitors – often used by media companies to visualize sales statistics or popular news articles, enabling a live response to consumer behaviour. The screens will collect information from the fair environment as well as the ‘Internet of Things’, speaking to visitors about the ever-expanding universe of data being produced and consumed daily – as well as the politics of data-driven systems, as prophesized in science fiction.

Raphael Gygax, Curator of Frieze Projects, said, ‘Yuri Pattison is one of today’s most important young artists looking in a critical way at new technologies. As a member of the jury for the Frieze Artist Award, I’m very excited to offer this platform for Pattison to build upon his thought-provoking and increasingly relevant work, exploring cultures of “trending” in the digital economy and the implications for human industry, creativity and control.’

Yuri Pattison (b. 1986, Dublin) will open a solo show at London’s Chisenhale Gallery on 6 July. He was recently featured as part of the touring British Art Show 8 (2015-16), and created an online commission for the Institute of Contemporary Art (London) in 2015.

About the Frieze Artist Award Supported by the LUMA Foundation, the Frieze Artist Award is an international,open call for an artist between 25–40 years of age to realize a majorsite-specific work at Frieze London. The 2015 Frieze Artist Award was awardedto New York-based artist Rachel Rose, who created a scale-model of the fairstructure, in which lighting and sound design simulated the sonic and visualsense frequencies of animals inhabiting The Regent’s Park. In 2014, the inauguralwinner of the Frieze Artist Award, Mélanie Matranga’s project A to Bcoffee explored economic and emotional exchange in a series of online videos and an on-site café-installation at Frieze London.

Now in its third year, the Frieze Artist Award sits within a rich history of artist awards presented at Frieze London, including the Emdash Award (2011-2013) and the Cartier Award (2006-2010), which have made possible ambitious new commissions by artists including Cécile B. Evans (2013), Simon Fujiwara (2010), Jordan Wolfson (2009) and Mario García Torres (2007). 

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Yuri Pattison, sketch for Insights (crisis trolley) - working title 2016/ courtesy the artist & mother's tankstation limited, Dublin.

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