From handles to cyborgs, all up for Turner art prize

Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:37am EDT
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By Michael Roddy

GLASGOW (Reuters) - This year's Turner Prize nominees range from a collective selling handles, and costlier furnishings, online for 15 pounds ($23) a pop to a video display in which a woman talks about being brainwashed in Kentucky by aliens.

Since the British contemporary art prize made a leap into the bizarre by recognizing Damien Hirst's bisected cow and calf in 1995, it has been hard to predict what the judges might include among the finalists.

This year's foursome, unveiled for a public show in Glasgow on Wednesday, is no exception.

But Sarah Munro, director of the Glasgow arts space Tramway, where the exhibition opens to the public on Thursday, says this year's artists do not seem to be out to provoke.

"I think those days when people were out to be shocked and to shock are not where artists really are at the moment," she said.

"Artists are interested in engaging in ideas with the public and I think what's exciting about this edition of the Turner Prize is that it feels very now, very of the moment."

The winner is announced on Dec. 7.

Two rooms at Tramway are given over to the Assemble collective which is displaying -- and selling, through an online catalogue -- items made in a workshop in a working class neighborhood of Liverpool.   Continued...

Part of Turner Prize 2015 nominee Bonnie Camplin's work is seen at Tramway Glasgow, Scotland September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne