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News: Hudgens Center announces four finalists for its $50,000 prize

Derek Larson: "Leveling the Genres" 2012 Video still
A scene from Derek Larson’s “Leveling the Genres” video.

The Hudgens Center for the Arts has named the four finalists for its Hudgens Prize. One of the largest art awards in the United States and open only to Georgians, it comes with a $50,000 cash award and a solo exhibition at the center.

The finalists were chosen from a pool of 370 applicants by Doryun Chong, associate curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Toby Kamps, chief curator of the Menil Collection in Houston; and Heather Pesanti, senior curator at AMOA/Arthouse in Austin and until recently curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. The finalists are Christopher Chambers, Robbie Land, Derek Larson and Pam Longobardi.

Christopher Chambers: "Untitled (1989)"
An untitled work by Christopher Chambers.

Chambers, an Atlantan and SCAD grad, focuses primarily on installations and interdisciplinary work. “By accumulating and deconstructing the artifacts of memory, I re-evaluate the visual records of both personal memory as well as the communal memory that these artifacts have facilitated,” he says. “Through this work, I communicate human emotion and experience as I have come to understand them.” He has exhibited in such venues as the Southwest Arts Center, Living Walls and Beep Beep and Kibbee galleries.

Robby Land: "Bioluminescence"
Robbie Land’s “Bioluminescence.”

Land works in super 8mm, producing animations and live action in installations, films, performance and photography. The Atlantan has exhibited in Europe as well as across the country. “Currently I am developing photo-based work that provides a personal documentation of the earth’s natural phenomena,” he says. “I utilize a variety of methods such as employing microscope objectives, time exposure, hydrophones and pinhole cinematography to provide a personal perspective, a poetic science to my subjects.”

Larson, director of the 4D/New Media program at Georgia Southern University, received his MFA from the Yale School of Art and has participated in a number of national and international exhibitions and residencies. Larson states, “Whether I am casting, building an installation or animating, everything I do is connected to my background as a painter and to fundamental design concepts. The materials I use are varied: 3D printers, motors, video, 2D & 3D animation, screen prints and projections on shaped screens. What was once the accumulation of things from an event (fliers, posters, tickets) is now collected digitally. My videos are a result of aftermarket practices or of rummaging through an endless virtual landfill of digital trash.”

Longobardi, a professor of art at Georgia State University, exhibits internationally. Her Drifters Project is an ongoing environmental art intervention involving photography and installation which focuses on marine trash and its impact on the oceans. “Plastic objects are the cultural archaeology of our time,” she says. “These are objects with unintended consequences that become transformed as they leave the quotidian world and collide with nature to be mutated, transported and regurgitated out of the shifting oceans. I have made scores of interventions — cleaning beaches and making collections from all over the world, removing thousands of pounds of material from the natural environment and re-situating it in exhibition context for examination.”

Pam Longobardi: 'Ghosts of Consumption."  2012
Pam Longobardi’s “Ghosts of Consumption,” found ocean plastic, steel pins and silicone.

The $50,000 Hudgens Prize will be awarded by the jury based on studio visits and the works exhibited in the Hudgens Prize Finalists’ Exhibition. The winner will be announced on August 10.

Congratulations to the finalists.

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