Winner of Top DUMBO Arts Festival Prize Gets Free Studio for a Year

09/29/2010 11:05 AM |

Sean Capone at the Dumbo Arts Festival by Jane Kratochvil

Yesterday the organizers of the weekend’s DUMBO Arts Festival announced the four winners of its first ever prizes (determined by a 15-member jury), for best outdoor public artwork, best indoor public artwork, best open studio, and best overall. As mentioned back in spring when festival dates and deets were announced, in addition to the $1,000 bucks for each category, the overall winner receives a rent-free Dumbo studio for a year, a privilege that will go to Sean Capone, who did the “Floral Wall: Skull & Void” video wall installation (pictured) at the old Tobacco Warehouse.

Last year Capone had another blooming large-scale video installation, “Camera Rosetum,” in the Manhattan Bridge Archway. Capone also gets the $1,000 for best outdoor public artwork.

Seth Wulsin, who took best indoor public artwork, had pieces a little all over the festival, including his studio at Smack Mellon, the loading dock at 45 Main Street, and the raw ground floor space at 81 Front Street. The layered screens with paint in his Animas series create ghostly optical illusions, sculptural objects that become distorted and disappear from oblique angles.

Seth Wulsin

The $1,000 prize for best open studio was split between Anne Gilman and Dana Levy. Gilman creates drawings, books and works on paper in her studio at 68 Jay Street. Levy, whose studio isn’t listed anywhere in festival programs but whatever, works in video, photography, installation and performance, and was also seen this summer in the Lush Life exhibition on the Lower East Side with her piece Silent Among Us, in which dozens of pigeons flied around amid taxidermy animals in a natural history museum. Checks for prize money have been handed out by Two Trees Management, though the location of the space they’re going to give to Capone for the year has yet to be announced. (BK Eagle)

Photo credits: Jane Kratochvil, Seth Wulsin

3 Comment

  • Dumbo Arts Festival Died significantly this year, apparently due to abrupt change in management people. Especially I was aghast to see Dumbo Arts Center this year.

  • @noa: Really? I didn’t make it into the Dumbo Arts Center installation since it tends to be packed during the actual festival (gonna go this week). But it certainly sounded interesting, if oddly similar to the paper landscape installation they displayed during last year’s Dumbo Arts Festival.

    I wasn’t especially impressed by any of the outdoor works (unless we count the Seth Wulsin sculpture/painting in the 45 Main Street loading dock), but the exhibitions at Smack Mellon are excellent, and the Video_Dumbo screenings (and space!) were really outstanding, I thought.

  • I felt there was some of the exuberance and experimentation of previous years missing as well, now that DAC is not running it. Fewer streets were closed, more of it seemed oriented to kids. Still, video_DUMBO and the Work Office were awesome.