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SHOWDOWN: IN LIVING COLOR


 


 

Welcome to Showdown, an online competition where artists can showcase their work and can be given the chance for it to be judged by internationally acclaimed artists and curators. The winner will be invited to display their art at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

WHAT IS SHOWDOWN?

Showdown is a great way to discover emerging artists from around the world and to acquire works by rising stars.

 — Rebecca Wilson
     
Chief Curator, Saatchi Art &
     
Director, Saatchi Gallery

Brooklyn-based artist Eddie Martinez makes paintings and drawings which Roberta Smith in the New York Times describes as "a kind of updated, liberated, Neo-Expressionism that looks all over the place for guidance: to Picasso, early Peter Saul, Arshile Gorky, Philip Guston, de Kooning, and David Hockney."

SHOWDOWN: BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY

Barnaby Furnas is an American painter and former graffiti artist who currently lives and works in New York City. He studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and received a BFA in 1995 before going on to study at Columbia University in New York, receiving an MFA in 2000. He makes his own paint from pigment mixed with urethane. Furnas' work has been exhibited widely internationally at galleries and museums such as...

1. “The heavy use of red is very powerful. I like the red frame as well. I really like this piece 
    because it reminds me of a Richard Hoblock painting, whose work I have recently started 
    looking at. There is a shape in the painting that feels like an ”EYE” that brings me back and 
    simultaneously lets me move around the painting."
 
2. "In Kaloust Guedel’s painting “Cityscape #147,” I like the impasto application and the
    collage techniques. Actually maybe it’s more of the build up of collage that is making it look
    like impasto. The teal, red, and black combination at the top of the work is the anchor of it
    all and that works well."
 
 — Eddie Martinez 

 

“Both artists are successfully mining the often fertile territory between abstraction and representation. In Luciana Levinton’s painting “Le coeur du systeme”, that vibrant, hovering red transcends and transforms the architectural forms that provide their shape. The red shapes read as portals and abstract form – both transformative and stubbornly formal. In Paula Baader’s painting “Sumi’s Workplace”, the dabs of paint record space and activity at the same time. It is a drawing and a painting at the same time in the same way as it is an abstraction and art studio at the same time. I find her color – a sort of notational use of color – very satisfying with lots of potential.”

 — Barnaby Furnas

SHOWDOWN: PLACES AND SPACES

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Kirstine Roepstorff is a visual artist, living and working in Berlin, Germany. Originally from Denmark. she studied at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark (1994-2001) and Rutgers University, Mason School of Fine Art (MFA), USA (2000). She mainly works with collages and sculptures. The collages are often large using different material like fabrics, photocopies, cuttings, foils, brass, wood and paper. Her work has been exhibited throughout Europe and America, including solo exhibitions at Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, CH; National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, NO; The Drawing Center, New York City, US; MUSAC, Museo Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, ESP; Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, AT; Arnolfini, Bristol, UK; Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense, DK. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Saatchi Gallery, London, UK; National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, NO; The Royal Museum of Fine Art, Copenhagen, DK, among others.


Matthias Weischer was born in 1973 in Rheine, West Germany, and is a painter living in Leipzig. Weischer’s works oscillate between abstract and figurative painting. His paintings depict deserted interiors like stage settings that are infused with abstract elements. Furniture, everyday objects and large-scale ornaments stylistically refer to the 1950s and 1960s, and in their collage-like appearance they establish a complex and ambiguous relationship. Since 2007 he has been focusing on drawings and studies of nature and landscape. Weischer is considered to be part of the New Leipzig School. He studied painting from 1995 to 2001 and received his MA in 2003 from Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB) in Leipzig. In 2002, he was co-founder of the artist-initiated gallery LIGA in Berlin that was run by eleven former HGB students, among them Christoph Ruckhäberle, Tim Eitel, David Schnell and Tom Fabritius. LIGA was closed after two years in 2004. Weischer is represented by Galerie EIGEN + ART (Leipzig/Berlin).

SHOWDOWN: SURREAL

Marnie Weber is a conceptual artist living in Los Angeles, CA. Her work is a combination of video, performance, costume, and collage. Weber’s work has been seen in such prestigious institutions as the Centre Pompidou, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, as well as unusual locals such as Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum and even a Sonic Youth album. 
 

“What I was looking for was a single image which transported me to another realm, an unexpected place with undercurrents of poetry and dreams.  I chose pieces that gave me an uncanny feeling as if the works sprung directly from the unconscious mind like in a waking dream state.  I was also looking for juxtaposition of unlike elements which is also imbued in classic surrealistic technique.  At the same time that I was looking for a dream-like moment I also considered the artist’s body of work and their overall commitment to surrealism.  The works I chose spoke to me most directly of all these considerations.  I feel the influences of traditional surrealism can transcend into contemporary art and contribute to our experience of viewing art as it reminds us that there are many states of reality within the human experience.”

 — Marnie Weber

SHOWDOWN: ABSTRACT


 


 

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Peter Coffin’s interdisciplinary practice explores conceptual point of view and is motivated by the desire to connect with the kind of understanding that invites new perspective and engenders further inquiry. His artwork often integrates an informal objectivity with the subjective to generate a dynamic between the two. Coffin has mounted solo exhibitions at Herald St. Gallery, London (2011), Galerie Emmanuel Perroin (2010), Manhattan’s City Hall Park with the Public Art Fund (2009 – 2010), the Centre d’art Contemporain d’Ivry in Paris (2010), the Barbican Gallery, London (2009), the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2009), the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2009), Centre d’Art Contemporain, Fribourg, Switzerland (2009), Andrew Kreps Gallery, NY (2008), Palais de Tokyo Museum, Paris, France (2007), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2007), le Confort Moderne, Poitier, France (2007) and the Horticultural Society of New York (2007). His work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Le Musee Oceanographique, Monaco, Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Rome, the Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Spain, the Tate Britain, London, the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich and international biennials in London, Berlin, Belgrade, Liverpool, and Moscow. Peter Coffin’s work is in collections including the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Guggenheim Museum, NY, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The French National Arts Council Collection among others. Currently Coffin is a Smithsonian Research Fellow and is preparing solo exhibitions with the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C. in 2013.



 

SHOWDOWN: COLLAGE

1. "I truly enjoyed looking at Kelly’s work and how it draws power from performing and making public the private and personal. She was my first pick because her photographs reveal the struggles of inner and outer worlds and collapse them onto a two-dimensional battlefield. In “Collage 4,” Kelly is enacting a ritual familiar to every woman – taking measure of a self that feels at once intimate and alien. This out-of-body experience is communicated through the rough slicing of space that creates a fictional field. The depth and complexity of the piece stem from the juxtaposition of violent cuts with the soft tone of the photograph and texture of the skin. "

2. "Joe was my second choice. For me, “historical romance” is a dangerous, delicious idiom to choose to play around in. Joe navigates this rich landscape with grace and humor, making nice with many recognizable visual pastimes. He plays them against each other in a way that puts different eras in dialogue, allowing characters to travel far from their 50’s Home Gardening Magazine roots to the far cosmos. He flirts with the themes of nostalgia and loss but ultimately composes lighthearted images that are in dialogue with today’s sampling culture, collapsing and hacking together sources from across the universe in fun and rudely jacked up color schemes."
 
 — Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu (b. 1972, Nairobi, Kenya) has trained as both a sculptor and anthropologist. Her work explores the contradictions of female and cultural identity and makes reference to colonial history, contemporary African politics, and the international fashion industry. Major solo exhibitions include Montreal Museum of Modern Art (2012), Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2010); Gladstone Gallery, New York (2010); Performa 09, New York...


 

SHOWDOWN: DRAWING

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Dexter Dalwood was born in Bristol, 1960. He received a B.A. from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, in 1985, and an M.A. from the Royal College of Art, in 1990. Dalwood’s collages and paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows, building a strong international reputation over the last decade. Selected solo exhibitions include “Dexter Dalwood,” at Tate St Ives, which toured to FRAC Champagne – Ardenne, Reims, France and CAC Malaga, Spain. “There is No Darkness But Ignorance,” David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (2009), as well as those at Gagosian Gallery: “Endless Night,” Beverly Hills (2009); “Recent History,” London (Britannia Street) (2006-2007); “Dexter Dalwood,” New York (West 24th Street) (2004); “New Paintings,” Beverly Hills (2002); and “New Paintings,” London (Heddon Street) (2000). Dexter Dalwood’s work is found in both the Tate and Saatchi collections, and has been integral to many landmark group exhibitions, including “Rank: Picturing the Social Order 1516-2009,” Leeds Art Gallery (2009); “Lights, Camera, Action: Artists’ Films for the Cinema,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2007); “The Triumph of Painting,” Saatchi Gallery, London (2006); “Days Like These: Tate Triennial,” Tate Britain, London (2003); the Sydney Biennale (2002); “Remix: Contemporary Art and Pop,” Tate Liverpool (2002); “Twisted: Urban and Visionary Landscapes in Contemporary Painting,” Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (2000); “New Neurotic Realism Part II,” Saatchi Gallery, London (1999); and “Die Young Stay Pretty,” ICA, London (1999). Dexter Dalwood currently lives and works in London, England. In 2010 he was shortlisted as one of the four nominees for the Turner Prize and is currently showing new work at Nolan Judin, Berlin until 22 October.


Kirstine Roepstorff is a visual artist, living and working in Berlin, Germany. Originally from Denmark. she studied at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark (1994-2001) and Rutgers University, Mason School of Fine Art (MFA), USA (2000). She mainly works with collages and sculptures. The collages are often large using different material like fabrics, photocopies, cuttings, foils, brass, wood and paper. 

Peter Coffin’s interdisciplinary practice explores conceptual point of view and is motivated by the desire to connect with the kind of understanding that invites new perspective and engenders further inquiry. His artwork often integrates an informal objectivity with the subjective to generate a dynamic between the two. Coffin has mounted solo exhibitions at Herald St. Gallery, London (2011), Galerie Emmanuel Perroin (2010)...

Dexter Dalwood was born in Bristol, 1960. He received a B.A. from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, in 1985, and an M.A. from the Royal College of Art, in 1990. Dalwood’s collages and paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows, building a strong international reputation over the last decade. Selected solo exhibitions include “Dexter Dalwood,” at Tate St Ives... 

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Barnaby Furnas is an American painter and former graffiti artist who currently lives and works in New York City. He studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and received a BFA in 1995 before going on to study at Columbia University in New York, receiving an MFA in 2000. He makes his own paint from pigment mixed with urethane. Furnas' work has been exhibited widely internationally at galleries and museums such as the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead in the UK; Kunstalle Wien in Austria; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Bologna; The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; and The Royal Academy in London. He is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York.

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Wangechi Mutu (b. 1972, Nairobi, Kenya) has trained as both a sculptor and anthropologist. Her work explores the contradictions of female and cultural identity and makes reference to colonial history, contemporary African politics, and the international fashion industry. Major solo exhibitions include Montreal Museum of Modern Art (2012), Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2010); Gladstone Gallery, New York (2010); Performa 09, New York (2009); Kunsthalle Wien Museum, Vienna (2008); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2005), and Art Pace, San Antonio (2004). Awards and grants include Deutsche Guggenheim Artist of the Year, Berlin (2010); Cooper Union Urban Visionaries Awards, Emerging Talent Award, New York (2008); The Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Award, New York (2007); and the Studio Museum in Harlem Artist in Residence, New York (2003).


SHOWDOWN: BACK TO NATURE

British Artist Ged Quinn studied at the Ruskin in Oxford, the Slade School of Art in London, the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He specializes in allegorical paintings that include contemporary images (generally on controversial topics in Western cultural history) in idyllic scenes based on classical paintings such as the pastoral works of Claude Lorrain and Caspar David Friedrich.

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British Artist Ged Quinn studied at the Ruskin in Oxford, the Slade School of Art in London, the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He specializes in allegorical paintings that include contemporary images (generally on controversial topics in Western cultural history) in idyllic scenes based on classical paintings such as the pastoral works of Claude Lorrain and Caspar David Friedrich.

Quinn has had solo shows at New Art Gallery Walsall, UK, Bass Museum, Miami, US, and Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth, Texas, US. He has also been in many group shows including Tate Britain, London, UK, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, UK, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic, Reydan Weiss Collection, Oberstdorf, Germany, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, UK, Museum of Contemporary Art in Ljubliania, Slovenia. He is represented by Stephen Friedman Gallery in London.

1. "I was struck by the delicacy of the technique employed to make this work which seamlessly incorporated its own flaws. I liked the evocation of scale between the structure and the dwarfed figure, turning a C19th glasshouse into a futuristic pleasure dome."

2. "In regards to Marta Zamarska's painting "A Railway Impression II", this work made me imagine feelings of arrival in a strange land. Or possibly departure or abandonment. Its bleak empty spaces and loose, abbreviated brushwork sketch out a moment that reminds me of Monet meets Edward Hopper."

 — Ged Quinn


 

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