On Saturday, November 4th, David Haines was awarded the first edition of the Refresh Irinox Prize for his work presented by Upstream Gallery at the Disegni section of Artissima 2017.
A special honor for David Haines to be the first winner of this new prize, assigned to the artist participating in the new Disegni section, curated by two international curators: Luís Silva and João Mourão directors of Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon.
The jury of the Refresh Irinox Prize was headed by: Claire Gilman (curator, The Drawing Center, New York), Katharine Stout (deputy director, ICA, London) and Irina Zucca Alessandrelli (curator, Ramo Collection, Milano).
About his work, Claire Gilman noted during the award ceremony: "David's work stands out at speaking to issues at the forefront of drawing today. The way in which he uses the medium to play with representation, both in terms of the hand made and the digital, as well as his deep investment in art historical references, is exemplary within a proliferation of work in this area. His work gives poignant testament to our contemporary condition in which our desire for intimacy and human contact is filtered through the solitude of the screen".
Artissima 2017 takes place 3 - 5 November 2017. This year, the fair introduces a new section dedicated to the most relevant developments in drawing as an undisputed medium for contemporary artistic practice: Disegni. This new section will offer a sophisticated and challenging exhibition platform, curated by two international curators: Luís Silva and João Mourão directors of Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon.
Images sourced from the internet often form the basis of David Haines’s work, whose practice actively examines the artist’s own position as someone who makes pictorial and textual narratives in the wake of abstraction, conceptual art and photography, and whose themes include an exploration of digital identities, online communities, contemporary myths and the indexical nature of drawing itself. Haines is aware of the status of the labour-intensive medium of pencil drawing in the digital age, whose immersive results require ‘slow viewing’, inhabiting the often-overlooked space between looking and interpretation. In his videos, the artist explores the same issues as in his drawings, such as mass media, adolescence, cruelty and gay erotica. Like the drawings, his video work is frequently based on material found on YouTube or taken from newspaper articles.
David Haines (1969, United Kingdom) is a British artist who lives and works in Amsterdam. He studied at Camberwell School of Art in London and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. His work has been exhibited at places such as the Stedelijk Museum, De Appel and the New Art Space (NASA), The Turner Contemporary, MIMA, Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh and the Bluecoat, Liverpool. In 2011 he exhibited as part of the 12th Istanbul Biennial.
Upstream Gallery's participation in Artissima is supported by the Mondriaan Fund.
- David Haines, Composition with Screen, Cutout, Hand and Plastic Bottle, 2017. pencil on paper (framed), 39,5 x 38 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij.
- Award ceremony with Claire Gilman (curator, The Drawing Center, New York), Katharine Stout (deputy director, ICA, London), Irina Zucca Alessandrelli (curator, Ramo Collection, Milano), Luís Silva and João Mourão (directors of Kunsthalle Lissabon) and Ilaria Bonacossa (director Artissima 2017).