The responses for the 2014 Library Art Award were varied and included multimedia, videos, photographs, poems, essays, paintings, prints and musical compositions. Judges looked for works that were not only inventive but also reflected a thoughtful interpretation of a work of art in the library.
Ali's video is a thoughtful and clever portrayal of Calder's study and the creative process. By using animation and a playful look and feel, Ali's video displays some of the same qualities we see in many of Calder's sculptures.
Formally ambitious and challenging to construct, Bubnova’s sestina poem is a very expressive and vivid imagining of parent, child and prayer. Try reading it aloud for maximum effect.
Pierre was the photographer, stylist, designer and makeup artist for this very thoughtful and resourceful original photograph..
Ryal’s work is exceptional for its originality and powerful interpretation of the Rotunda painting. Using a complicated photographic process, she manipulated tintype plates to obscure the subject matter similar to the indecipherable images in the Rotunda painting. She then photographed the tintypes and scanned them into the computer creating a mosaic pattern resembling the Rotunda painting in the final print. Her sepia toned images and choice of a diptych form reinforces the feeling of antiquity that is tangible in the Deutsch painting.
Blair’s imaginative short story cleverly weaves together the Brooklyn College Library, Guston’s art, abstract expressionism, representation, and a painter’s life. It is often humorous and ironic.