Baloise Art Prize 2005

For the seventh time, the Baloise Group, a solution provider in the fields of insurance and provision for the future, is awarding the Baloise Art Prize at Art 36 Basel.

The two prizes of CHF 25,000.- each will be presented at the "Art Statements" sector of Art Basel by a jury of renowned experts. In addition Baloise acquires a group of works by the award winners and donates these works to two important museums in Europe, the Hamburger Kunsthalle and the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna.

The members of this year’s jury are Cristina Bechtler, INK TREE EDITIONS, Küsnacht; Edelbert Koeb, Director, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna; Christoph Heinrich, Director of the Galerie der Gegenwart, Hamburger Kunsthalle; James Lingwood, ARTANGEL, London and Martin Schwander, Fine Art Advisor of Baloise, Chairman of the jury.

The Baloise Art Prize has been awarded to Jim Drain and Ryan Gander. The jury characterises the work exhibited by the award winners as follows:

Dominion, 2005
Dominion, 2005

Using the means of applied arts and decoration, Jim Drain works with objects whose sculptural values and extension in space explore and inventively enrich the potential of 20th-century abstract sculpture. With his knitted, rampantly proliferating configurations draped in strings of pearls, which can be read both as ornament and drawing suspended in space,

Jim Drain, *1975, Ohio, lives and works in 
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Jim Drain, *1975, Ohio, lives and works in
Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Jim Drain exploits the feminist mode of rebellion against the macho attitudes flaunted by the sculpting guild, packaging it in a psychedelic narrative charged with personal myth. The resulting sculptures confront viewers with a startling, unprecedented repertoire of forms, characterised by unbridled imagination and humour.

“Is this Guilt in You Too (The Study of a Car in a Field)“, 
Video, 2005
“Is this Guilt in You Too (The Study of a Car in a Field)“,
Video, 2005

The point of departure in Ryan Gander's video piece “Is this Guilt in You Too (The Study of a Car in a Field)“ is an enigmatic image: the camera pans slowly from above down to an automobile standing in a snow-covered field but the film breaks off before any anticipated action can take place.

Ryan Gander, *1976, Chester, United 
Kingdom, lives and works in London
Ryan Gander, *1976, Chester, United
Kingdom, lives and works in London

Instead an empty screen in various shades of gray follows until the camera starts panning all over again. An interrupted scene which gives us no clues as to whether it is the beginning or the end of the story. A girl's voice is heard offscreen sometimes talking about the take, sometimes speculating on what it means, sometimes slipping into the role of the on-site viewer.

The artist functions as an unseen provider of keywords, his presence marked only by the girl's answers. Ryan Gander oscillates between the hint of a self-contained narrative and free association, while simultaneously examining the means and potential of the film medium itself.

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