Last night, the crème de la crème of the art world convened to Gateshead at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, where the winner of the 27th edition of the Turner Prize was announced. Each year, one British artist under 50 years old is awarded the £25,000 for the work that they have been doing for the past year. This year the competition was fierce, between Karla Black, Hilary Lloyd, Martin Boyce, George Shaw – four extremely talented artists which work in very different ways. The winner (announced by Mario Testino), is Martin Boyce, a 44 year old Glaswegian sculptor, who’s inspiration comes from patterns inspired from Jan ans Joël Martel’s 1925 Concrete Trees.
Martin Boyce’s installation at Gateshead is a collection of poetic aluminum trees, with leaves scattered on the floor and a Jean Prouvé table with letters scratched into it – all recollecting Boyce’s pattern.