The Swiss Art Awards exhibition in Basel (Switzerland) runs concurrently with Art Basel each year. The show features the finalists of the award and the laureates. One of the finalists is Ian Wooldridge. Wooldridge was born in 1982 in Ashford (UK). He lives and works in Zurich. At the Swiss Art Awards 2023 exhibition Wooldridge presents the artworks Life filters too, I love you! (a road movie); sometimes we spiral; and parked love.
Official description: “The video starts with a vehicle. A vehicle as an object (a bus) and vehicle meaning to express, embody or fulfil. The core footage was shot tracking a tour bus on the island of Lanzarote (ES) mixed with stock footage of volcanic eruptions. The screen space is broken with intermissions of the construction of sculpture parked love and intercut with the 3D-Animation sometimes we spiral which are physically present in the corner of the room. The 3 works materialise the bus in varying different physical forms: captured reality, myth, product, and model. Forming a tension of realities.”
The Swiss Art Competition, held annually since 1899, is the world’s oldest art award. The accompanying Swiss Art Awards exhibition, which is organized by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, offers an insight into current art and architecture in Switzerland and is a valuable reference for art professionals and art lovers. The jury of the Swiss Art Awards consists of seven members of the Federal Art Commission, selected by the Federal Council, as well as five invited experts.
Ian Wooldridge / Swiss Art Awards 2023. Basel (Switzerland), June 12, 2023.
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