Elam graduate begins new art journey

15 June 2018

Elam School of Fine Arts graduate Zac Langdon-Pole has been named as the next BMW Art Journey winner. This follows his recent win of the prestigious ARS VIVA Prize.

The BMW Art Journey recognises and supports the work of some the most promising artists working today. It allows one artist to research and create a new work anywhere in the world.

Zac, who is currently based in Berlin, was unanimously selected from a shortlist of three artists who showed in Art Basel’s selection of emerging artists in Hong Kong.

His proposal entitled “Sutures of the Sky” will follow the flight path of birds along the earth’s axis. Migrating birds cover some of the longest distances travelled by any living being. Their routes have guided Polynesian pathfinders across the seas.

Inspired by this ancient celestial tracing, Zac’s journey questions the position of humans as the centre of the world. Weaving through Central Europe, Southern Africa, and the Pacific Islands of Samoa and Hawaii, his project seeks to understand how culture intersects with the science of celestial mapping - and from there flows into larger existential inquiries about who we are and how we are situated in the world.

The international jury consisted of Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, New York; Claire Hsu, Director, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; Bose Krishnamachari, President, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India; Matthias Mühling, Director, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich; Pauline J. Yao, Curator, Visual Art M+, Hong Kong.

“The first artistic expressions of humanity, until the 19th century, had been largely inspired by the beauty, grandeur, and spellbinding mysteries of nature,” the jury noted in its statement.

“After the Enlightenment, this view of the wonders of the world became outdated. Zac Langdon-Pole's concept of an artist's journey brings this sense of wonder back to art, and as an occasion for ideological and political reflection. We were particularly impressed by how the artist plans to meet experts in various disciplines to share his experience and join him as interlocutors.”

Zac Langdon-Pole is represented by Michael Lett in Auckland.

To find out more about the artist visit https://www.contemporaryhum.com