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Tesselaar Sculpture Prize

"Transition" by Fatih Semiz
The ninth annual Tesselaar Sculpture Prize has been unveiled at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival.

As was to be expected, the judges had a very stimulating yet difficult exercise to undertake given the broad-ranging nature of the sculptures exhibited in the competition. The judges were very impressed by the quality, standard and styles of work presented for their assessment and commented on the innovative and stimulating utilisation of media and presentation.

The criteria utilised to assess the works on display included: overall presentation and finish, attention to detail, technical competency, skill proficiency, the use of materials and mediums, its durability, the correlation between the work and the artist’s statement, whether the work proved evocative, and its presence in situ.
Ultimately, after thoughtful consideration of each work and lengthy discussion, the judges narrowed the works down to three or four selections; finally coming to the unanimous decision that the work, ‘Transition’, by Fatih Semiz, an ASV member, be awarded First Prize.

The judges’ considered Fatih’s powdercoated cast aluminium work, standing some three metres, to be a standout work, exhibiting exceptional craftsmanship, with excellent attention to detail, finish and presentation. The transitory nature conveyed upwardly in the work is both pleasing to the eye and evocative. The angular panels provide shape, depth, movement and energy and entice the viewer to observe the work from numerous positions, so providing a range of perspectives. This is a strong and beautiful work.

The judge’s issued High Commendations to the sculptures exhibited by Nicole Allen, Brandon Kroon, Paul Gennings and Chris Taylor.

Mark Cowie
Curator, Tesselaar Sculpture Prize

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