Top 10 2014

Here are the ten best works of BLOOOM Award by WARSTEINER 2014.

  • Finalist Johann Büsen, Germany
    Multiverse

Material: Print on PVC
Dimensions: 300 x 700 cm
Color and paintbrush are no longer the essential work equipments of Johann Büsen. He uses his computer, a graphic tablet and a scanner instead. Büsen combines elements of Comic, Pop-Art, Surrealism and Street Art with uncountable images. His work results in a conglomerate of 200 different motives with a resolution of 1,3 gigapixel. A controlled and consistent chaos is created, that leads to fascinating picturesque experiences. In his multi-layered cosmos it’s always possible to discover something new.
  • Finalist Adam Chmiel, Czech Republic
    Barrier Ahead

Video
Length: 12:22 minutes

Barrier ahead shows fragments of situations and places in Palestine and Israel. Adam Chmiel’s work shows disaster zones and everyday situations of two nations living in one land together. This special kind of surrounding reality is a major matter of ongoing struggle and so called conflict.
  • 1st place
    Samira Elagoz, Netherlands
    Four Kings

Video
Length: 24:59 minutes

The film Four Kings is the first short film made by Samira Elagoz. It is a non-budget documentation of what she experienced with strangers who answered her ad online: “READ ME! I’m a 24 year-old girl making a short documentary film. I’m looking for strangers. The concept is that I meet you at your place and film how we get to know each other. We handshake and the camera is on the table for both of us to use. Msg me if you want to meet :)”
  • Finalist Louise Gibson, Germany
    The elephant in the room

Material: Washing machine, weathered camping Mats, polyester resin, lacquer
Dimensions: 74 x 100 x86 cm
Louise Gibson chose the washing machine from the top of a pile of scrap metal. The machine was crushed and distorted when picked up on site. This is what Gibson had to work with. Back at the studio she then set about gutting out the internal mechanics of the machine. Once hollow she sculpted in a cast using weathered camping mats she found whilst out running on the streets of Berlin. The piece was then sealed with several coats of polyester resin and finally taken to a local car garage and coated in clear lacquer.
  • Finalist Manaf Halbouni, Germany
    Entwurzelt (Rootless)

Material: Mixed media
Dimensions: 140 x 120 x 360 cm
It gets more and more complicated to find a suitable and affordable living space in the modern world of today. The floods of refuges from all over the world because of civil wars are very intense. While working on his artwork, Manaf concentrated mainly on the civil war in his native country Syria, where millions of people have lost their homes. Everyone is looking for a save place to stay and for a home. The same thing is happening in Germany. You can find a lot of people looking for affordable living space in big cities where prices seem to explode. The very own living space becomes a dream. A car offers four walls and a roof that covers your head. In his artwork Manaf converted a car into a living space, which includes only the necessary to live: A bed, kitchen, desk and a small library.
  • Finalist Frenzy Höhne, Germany
    DENKMAL (MONUMENT)

Material: C-Print, frame (oak and glass), socket (oak)
Dimensions: 180 x 130, 65 x 200 x 45 cm
Frenzy Höhne’s work Denkmal (monument) seems massive and sturdy in the room. The pedestal and the oversize motive make the work appear powerful and unshakable. Pedestal and framework, both out of oak wood, express vehemence and duration. Because of its space in the room it seems to be autonomous and sedate. The lightness and the painting of the note break with the robustness of the work’s physical presence. The surface becomes an extensive scenery because of the oversized depiction of this small piece of paper, that stands for shortness and triviality. The object is monochrome and excels as a diverse light- and colour surface. The monochromaticity of the object reveals itself as complex light and color space, which suggests infinity and space. Hereby the artwork alleges the extension of short-term things and seems like a warning for enduring issues.
  • 3rd place
    Yi Zheng Lin, Germany
    Septembersehnen (September cords)

Material: Conduits, cable ties, wire, garbage bags
Dimensions: 200 x 200 x 900 cm
Yi Zheng Lin creates floral worlds with construction materials and everyday objects, garbage bags are used as blooming flowers. His work „september cords“ was created in 2013.
  • 2nd place
    Stephanie Lüning, Germany
    Schauminsel (Island of foam)

Material: Mixed media
Dimensions: variable
Stephanie Lüning deals in her works with the various forms and impermanence of images and color. She uses a wide variety of materials. The process of creation and change is always emphasised in her works, this also applies for her work Schauminsel. The visitor can experience gradually how her work is created. A foam machine, which is connected to different water tanks (filled up with various coloured foam fluids) produces a pile of coloured foam. The format and dimension of the pile can be modified and is reproduced once in a while. The machine and the mixing console for colours are regulated by the artist.
  • Finalist Cristiano Panepuccia und Antonella Mignone, Italy
    Single # Double # Triple

Video
Length: 8:53 minutes

Single # Double # Triple is a Dance Video Art project about triplicity, perception and human nature. The concept of the triad or trinity has existed over immeasurable time and throughout the world. It appears as a widespread symbol in several philosophical, religious and scientific systems and it can be interpreted as a key to the integrity and interdependence of all existence.
  • FInalist Antoine Rose, Belgium
    The Beach

Material: Photography
Dimensions: 422 x 150 cm
The beach is part of the series “UP IN THE AIR”. The series has started in 2002 while Antoine Rose was shooting the Kiteboarding World Cup in Rio. It took him a couple of years to achieve the results he had in mind. Shooting from helicopters, all doors removed, 300 feets above earth at 20 knots and getting tack sharp images that can be printed as large as 120 inches was quite a challenge.

Thank you 2014!

New year, new records broken in 2014:
We received more than 1,200 applications from 65 countries - an amazing result.

The special exhibition with the ten finalist's work at BLOOOM - the converging art show was a great success.

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