The Second Prize of £5,000, was awarded to David Haines for Dark Balloons, a hyper-realistic pencil drawing of 15 balloons spelling the words "THINGS FALL APART". David Haines, who lives and works in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and Nottingham (United Kingdom) started this series of dark balloons during lockdown. Illuminated by the flash of a camera, shiny balloons emerge from the darkness, hanging against a blank wall. Some spell out the year or signify a birthday, hinting at cancelled lockdown celebrations, while others bear pessimistic messages, reflecting the isolation of a “new normal” or the socio-political turmoil of the time.
The exhibition at the Chainstore, London, opens on 29 September and travels to Drawing Projects UK in 2022.
Read more here.Publication date: 30 Sep '21