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    Published: 9 August 2017
Last Updated: 21 September 2017

Dave Bown Projects is pleased to announce the results of the 14th Semiannual Competition which was curated by Alison Hearst, Associate Curator, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Benjamin Sutton, News Editor, Hyperallergic, Brooklyn; Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art from submissions that were received from artists from approximately 40 countries. This competition features images of the work of 25 visual artists. Unrestricted monetary awards to visual artists totaling up to $10,000 USD has been awarded. Hollis Hammonds received $5,000 USD (Grand Prize). Abdolreza Aminlari, Christina P. Day, Dustin Farnsworth, Kazutaka Hirota, and Ira Upin each received $1,000 USD (Award of Excellence).

Abdolreza Aminlari
Diane Arrieta
Beth Barron
Amy Boone-McCreesh
Patricia Chambers
Atsuko Chirikjian
Christina P. Day
Maggie Evans


Dustin Farnsworth
Victoria Fuller
Hollis Hammonds
Kazutaka Hirota
Tom Holmes
Ran Hwang
Catherine Palmer
Helena Parriott
Mark Posey

  Ryan Sartin
Suzanne Unrein
Ira Upin
Lior Vaturi
Isaac Wexler-Mann
Jennifer Williams
Scott Wolniak

    "The top 25 artists selected for the Dave Bown Projects 14th Semiannual Competition vary widely in theme and media, and demonstrate the energy and dynamicism of contemporary art today. From all of the submissions, the entries that resonated the most were the works touching on the anxieties and complexities of contemporary life in unique and innovative ways. Particular standouts were Hollis Hammonds’s Domestic Brutality, Ran Hwang’s East Wind_K(LT), and Suzanne Unrein’s The Party."
— Alison Hearst, Associate Curator, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

"Several of the strongest works among the submissions applied the techniques of trompe l'oeil painting and Op art to very powerful effect and with an inventive approach to materials. I was especially taken with Ira Upin's seductive and sinister hyperrealist crime scene, Mark Posey's twisted table covered in cigarette butts and beer, Helena Parriott's popping acrylic evocation of rough-hewn materials, and Kazutaka Hirota's dazzling, disco-hued take on picnic blanket patterns. And though it doesn't fit this theme, Hollis Hammonds's installation scathingly critiquing the casualness of police brutality had the most powerful impact of all."
—Benjamin Sutton, News Editor, Hyperallergic, Brooklyn

"Congratulations to the finalists of this competitive award—all of whom push boundaries through their unconventional choice and use of materials and bold revelations about present-day anxieties. I was especially impressed by the diversity of strong sculpture and installation work. Dustin Farnsworth’s masterfully crafted wood sculpture is, despite a striking difference in form and material, an elegant companion to Elise’s supernatural forms. Like Christina P. Day’s enigmatic architectural installation, many of the works in this competition succeed in making us question that which is familiar and real."
— Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art   

Hollis Hammonds
Domestic Brutality, 2017
Acrylic, objects, chalkboard paint & chalk marker 
96 x 144 inches (243.9 x 365.8 cm) 
© 2017 Hollis Hammonds 

Ran Hwang
East Wind_K(LT), 2015 
Buttons, pins on wooden panel 
182 x 380 inches (462.3 x 965.2 cm) 
© 2017 Ran Hwang 

Suzanne Unrein
The Party, 2017 
oil on canvas 
53 x 48 inches (134.6 x 121.9 cm) 
© 2017 Suzanne Unrein 

Ira Upin
Victims, 2016 
Oil on Panel 
72 x 72 inches (182.9 x 182.9 cm) 
© 2017 Ira Upin

Mark Posey
Table, 2017 
Acrylic, Oil, Spray paint with hand painted wood grain 
Dimensions variable  
© 2017 Mark Posey 

Helena Parriott
Dissociation 25, 2016 
Acrylic on canvas 
18.5 x 14 inches (47 x 35.6 cm) 
© 2017 Helena Parriott 

Kazutaka Hirota
Picnic in the Rain, 2015 
Acrylic on canvas 
17 x 17 inches (43.2 x 43.2 cm) 
© 2017 Kazutaka Hirota

Dustin Farnsworth
XLIII, 2016
poplar, reclaimed wood, various polychrome, chair, pencil
60 x 36 x 84 inches (152.4 x 91.4 x 213.4 cm) 
© 2017 Dustin Farnsworth 

Polaire, 2016 
Plaster, marble, polystyrene, paint
61 x 49.2 x 21.6 inches (155 x 125 x 55 cm) 
© 2017 Elise 

Christina P. Day
The light I’ll be (1983), 2016 
Architectural framework, faux wood paneling, wallpaper, light switch 
plates, custom trim work, found overcoats, streamers, fabric, paint 
108 x 216 x 96 inches" (274.3 x 548.6 x 243.8 cm) 
© 2017 Christina P. Day 

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