The first prize went to “Focus Chart 3” by SHIMURAbros.
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We all anticipated to meet the best work by each applicant, but it was and still is a hard task to cope for them to show their real talent in the moment that would decide their fate. Art is not essentially blended into the competition.
However, there is an occasion for artists that must achieve a winning ticket. The ticket went to those who have devoted themselves to the creation, thoroughly blushing up the concepts, while waiting for the opportunities. I think this is the proper conclusion.
The 57 artworks, passed the initial screening from the entries applied more than last year, were as high level as difficult to decide which one was better. The number of variation for the contemporary "planes" or "paintings" expressions has gathered here at one time. I felt a novelty of breaking down or transcendence against the customary plane expressions toward the first prize's work, redefining the fundamental concept of "looking at the work."
Many works were interesting in the visual manipulation created through their expression techniques and material selections and the originality with the texture of the works. Some pieces were way out from conventional paintings and printings, recognizing me that new challenges are going on in each field of art. Some pieces, on the other hand, re-recognized me the importance of a sense of scale that the expression should have been bigger so that would have been more effective, or the expression was too big to lose its appeal.
It is not exaggerated to say that from the previous result, our point of view is being judged by applicants. The entries, which I have been looking forward to seeing, caught my eyes especially on the pieces in two potentials; intellectually reconstructing the meaning of "looking", and affirmatively importing a story. I have chosen Eda’s work for my prize, attracting me the work's mythical potential. Other applicants left out of the final selection that interested me were Baba Shinsaku, Otani Ikuyo, Mitobe Nanae, etc.
It was worthwhile to see more powerful artworks than last year. However, I realized how difficult to decide the works’ size since the bigger the works became, the more obvious the flaw revealed or the lower the density became. I felt the works by Moriyama, Ono, Watanabe, Suzuki, and Kato chose the best size to express and appeal their techniques. Works by Hori and Hirakawa were better on the initial screening. Also I feel this is an unfortunate result that Samejima, Minagawa, and T.Suzuki were not selected for the prize; Arima and Miyata were not selected for the winner.
The range of expression and the quality of the works became more high level than previous year that ended up in hot contest. I have a great expectation to SHIMURAbros. Please make a best effort to achieve the success, in real meaning.
I would like to support them with my full strength when they output their new artworks into the world. I know it will be a hard way, but let's walk together.
TERRADA ART AWARD 2015 was held at T-Art Gallery on October 28th.
The brother-sister duo, SHIMURAbros won the first prize, and the prize money of 5 million yen was awarded.
Raising an age limit of applicants for this year allowed us to meet wider variety of artworks than last year.
We hope that our activity will lead ourselves to the everlasting contribution to the art business and culture.