Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Amberif Design Award 2014 (and Part Two)

MAIN PRIZE Nina Kupniewska Dario Dalessandro, Warsaw, Poland

MAIN PRIZE Nina Kupniewska and Dario Dalessandro, Warsaw, Poland

 

AMBER PRIZE Tomasz Jan Kisiel, Gdańsk, Poland

AMBER PRIZE Tomasz Jan Kisiel, Gdańsk, Poland

 

SILVER PRIZE Maren Giloy, Idar-Oberstein, Germany

SILVER PRIZE Maren Giloy, Idar-Oberstein, Germany

 

Featured

Miron Kutarba, Puck, Polska

Miron Kutarba, Puck, Poland

 

Tamara Grüner, Pforzheim, Niemcy

 Tamara Grüner, Pforzheim, Germany

 

Agnieszka Krzyżanowska, Bydgoszcz, Polska

Agnieszka Krzyżanowska, Bydgoszcz, Poland

 

Agnieszka Krzyżanowska, Bydgoszcz, Polska

Agnieszka Krzyżanowska, Bydgoszcz, Poland

 

Philip Sajet, Bruchkobel, Niemcy

Philip Sajet, Bruchkobel, Germany

 

Susanne Holzinger – Regensburg, Niemcy

Susanne Holzinger – Regensburg, Germany

 

 

 

Publication

 

 Justification

At the session of February 15, 2014 in Gdańsk, the Jury assessed 143 works submitted by 111 artists from 18 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Russia , Spain, Taiwan, UK, USA in the Competition with the topic Materia Prima.

 

The Jury:
Kim Buck – Denmark, Chairman of the Jury
Caroline Broadhead, UK
Montserrat Lacomba, Spain
Anna Sado, Poland
Mariusz Gliwiński, Poland

THE GRAND PRIZE
sponsored by Mr Paweł Adamowicz, the Mayor of the City of Gdańsk PLN 10,000:

Nina Kupniewska
Dario Dalessandro, Warsaw, Poland
For entry no. 240191
This is a potent and brave piece – funny, uncomfortable, serious and maybe controversial.
It prompts discussion about our attitudes toward menstruation. In the past, this has been considered unmentionable, embarrassing, even dirty, although it is a natural and healthy process, fundamental to human life. Amber, hidden in the ground for so long, has an association of time and the mysteries of natural processes. Displaying the tampon in such a beautiful material potentially stands for a positive change in attitude.

THE AMBER PRIZE
sponsored by the International Amber Association 1 kg of amber:

Tomasz Jan Kisiel, Gdańsk, Poland
For entry no. 656853
The piece relates to the Materia Prima theme of the competition in a very convincing way.
An iconic necklace which is made special by the contrasting materials used. The qualities of the natural amber are highlighted by the contrast with the texture and colour of the other rough beads. There was much discussion about what these were made of. Tufa? Concrete? Bread?

THE SILVER PRIZE
sponsored by the KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. 1 kg of silver:

Maren Giloy, Idar-Oberstein, Germany
for entry no. 081567
The beautiful natural amber nugget has been exquisitely cut to form the regular shape of
a pendant/amulet. The artist perfectly tapped into amber’s natural assets, i.e. transparency, the tree crust effect and the proportions of the nugget. By deconstructing the upper part, the designer achieved an intriguing effect of contrast between shape and texture. The Jury acknowledged the artist’s meticulous knowledge of amber as a material and the use of unconventional techniques to transform the commonplace shape of the necklace-amulet into a piece that is both avant-garde and elegant.

The Jury decided to award six honorary mentions which evoke what the topic of Materia Prima brings to mind:

Miron Kutarba, Puck, Poland for entry no. 021609
An intriguing combination of amber—a mixture of natural polymers, with plastic—artificial polymer chains.

Tamara Grüner, Pforzheim, Germany for entry no. 290473
Delightful piece, rich in detail and an unusual use of amber.

Agnieszka Krzyżanowska, Bydgoszcz, Poland for entry no. 121106
For its graceful form and distinctive structure evocative of the natural conditions in which amber formed.

Agnieszka Krzyżanowska, Bydgoszcz, Poland for entry no. 061112
Materia Prima—amber is central in more than one sense here. A very appealing and mysterious piece.

Philip Sajet, Bruchkobel, Germany for entry no. 151053
For simplicity of message, the quintessence of amber encapsulated in a ring.

Susanne Holzinger – Regensburg, Germany for entry no. 936717
High quality presentation with a surprising and cheeky use of amber.

The Jury selected 14 further works by the following artists for publication in the AMBERIF 2014 Fair Catalogue and for display at the exhibition: 
Karolina Krych, Mikołajki Pomorskie, Poland for entry no. 240488
Karolina Navus Wysocka, Gdańsk, Poland for entry no. 789156
Marta Rudnicka, Łódź, Poland for entry no. 840328
Adriana Lisowska, Łódź, Poland for entry no. 836274
Iona Mccuaig, Saffron Walden, UK for entry no. 792031
Alicja Kołakowska, Pruszków, Poland for entry no. 361903
Tamara Grüner, Pforzheim, Germany for entry no. 290474
Wanying Xu, Florence, Italy for entry no. XYZ993
Heidemarie Herb, Perugia, Italy for entry no. 281000
Sara Gackowska, Międzychód, Poland for entry no. 710342
Piotr Tołkin, Gdańsk, Poland for entry no. 280813
Adriana Lisowska, Łódź, Poland for entry no. 233715
Monika Woszczak, Bydgoszcz, Poland for entry no. 230720
Karolina Krych, Mikołajki Pomorskie, Poland for entry no. 041010

 

 

For more information please visit the Amberif website by clicking here.

 

 


One Response to “Amberif Design Award 2014 (and Part Two)”

  1. Kim says:

    I love the grand prize piece too, what fabulous work here, and thank you for sharing Montserrat!

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