December 6, 2010 / 10:01 AM / in 7 years

Sound artist favorite to scoop 2010 Turner Prize

<p>People listen to Susan Philipsz sounds installation "Lowlands" during the press launch of nominations for the Turner Prize 2010, at the Tate Britain gallery, in London October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>

LONDON (Reuters) - Glasgow-born Susan Philipsz, the first artist working primarily in sound to be shortlisted for the Turner Prize, is the bookmakers’ favorite to win Britain’s most prestigious art award when it is announced later Monday.

Her “Lowlands” installation for the Turner Prize exhibition held each year at the Tate Britain gallery in London features only her voice singing old Scottish laments through a three-channel sound system.

The work is based on a similar installation originally played underneath three bridges in Scotland as part of the Glasgow International festival of visual art.

Of the other three nominees for the prize, painter Dexter Dalwood has been installed as second favorite.

His paintings for the Turner show tackle well known moments from recent history, including “Death of David Kelly.”

The image of a tree against a moonlit sky is Dalwood’s representation of the suicide of the British weapons expert who was found dead in 2003 after being named as the source of a BBC report that the British government had exaggerated the weapons of mass destruction case for going to war in Iraq.

Angela de la Cruz questions the definition of painting by taking her work into three dimensions by twisting and contorting the wooden frames to which her brightly colored canvases are attached.

And London-based video artists The Otolith Group, comprising Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar, is preoccupied with reviving forgotten works of the past.

Its installation includes a 26-minute film partially inspired by a screenplay by Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray called “The Alien,” which was never made.

Previous winners of the award, which has thrived on controversy over the years, include Grayson Perry, a cross-dressing ceramicist, and Martin Creed, whose installation in 2001 featured lights going on and off in an empty room.

The winner receives a check for 25,000 pounds ($40,000).

Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato

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