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Moped crosses desert on compressed bottled hydrogen

Postby Micronaut » Mon Jul 04, 2005 6:17 pm

Display of bus stops, ride on a moped are shortlisted for Britain's Turner Prize

Associated Press
June 2, 2005

LONDON (AP) - The organizers of Britain's often controversial Turner Prize provided their usual surprise Thursday in announcing the year's shortlist that includes an artist known for painting that most conventional of subjects _ vases of flowers.

Gillian Carnegie, 34, is the first artist working exclusively with paint to be nominated in five years for the 25,000-pound (US$45,000) prize, which is regularly derided for relying on shock value at the expense of traditional art.

The other nominees this year for Britain's top modern art award are Darren Almond, who displayed photos and sculptures inspired by bus stops he saw outside the Auschwitz Museum in Poland in a gallery in Berlin, and Jim Lambie, whose psychedelic floor pieces featuring colored tape and glitter make reference to pop music and youth culture.

Environmentally friendly Simon Starling, 38, rode a moped across the desert in Andalusia, which generated power using only compressed bottled hydrogen and oxygen from the desert air.

The only waste product from the moped's crossing was water, which was contained in a bottle and used back in the studio to create a watercolor painting of a cactus seen on the artist's travels.

The judges said that, although Carnegie worked with traditional genres such as landscape, still life and portraiture, her work explored the "fundamental properties of painting."

The Turner Prize committee has become known for its controversial choices.

Unusual entries in recent years have included an unmade bed, a pickled cow, a painting covered with elephant dung and lead casts of every item on a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant's menu.

In 2003, transvestite ceramist Grayson Perry collected his Turner Prize wearing a lilac dress and hair ribbons. He had won by creating vases depicting a variety of subjects including death and child abuse.

The winner will be announced Dec. 5 at the Tate Britain gallery in London.
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