Annunciation (2010)

Tom Estes' 'installation' introduces a new kind of artwork that functions more as art proposal for a partially realized exhibition; a document of visual and spatial modes of presentation that theorizes a different approach.

The title of the work ‘Annunciation’ is a Biblical term which means the announcing of ‘the incarnation’ or a materialization of the unrealized in a concrete form. The work therefore relates to multiple worlds; possible, fictional or desired worlds which though different from the one we live in, directly influences our own.

In his practice, Estes creates photographs as documentation of an installation comprised of a video projected on to a book. The work is deliberately left incomplete and the photographs, taken during the works formation, are the only physical manifestation of the original artistic intent. Though the state of being unrealized implies the potential for realization, these project are never intended to be carried out. By intentionally leaving the project unrealized, this has a flattening effect which merely implies the existence of the installation in real-time, three-dimensional space. This closed circuit of illusion mimics and merges with the mass media desire for immediate novelty; anticipating the online reduction of the 'installation' to a single image. I

Estes does this with wit and economy and by paraphrasing early Sci-fi and horror films and their associated ideological fictions in order to examine how dataflow from the virtual realm impacts on the significance and symbolism of real-world human senses.

Full Description

The work of Tom Estes, called 'Annunciation' will be on display at the Mall Galleries as chosen by Royal Academician, Eileen Cooper, for the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition. Eileen Cooper RA is The Keeper of the Royal Academy and a highly regarded painter and printmaker.

ING Discerning Eye Exhibition is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics. Work is selected from open submission and from artists invited by the individual selectors. Each selector's section is hung separately giving the impression of six small exhibitions within the whole.

ING Discening Eye Chairman John Pensrose states:

"The ING Discening Eye has built an enviable reputation in the art world The quality of the selectors has been extremely high, the chosen work of excellent quality. Curators and gallery owners know this and visit the exhibition to spot new talent that can be promoted in their own shows."

The 2011 selectors

ARTISTS Eileen Cooper RA ~ Head of the Printmaking Department at the RA Schools. Lisa Wright ~ won the 2003 Hunting Art Prize; regular exhibitor in the RA Summer Exhibition. COLLECTORS John Deston ~ Gallery Manager, The Mall Galleries, London John Pluthero ~ Chairman, Cable & Wireless Worldwide and founder of 'abstract critical'. CRITICS Brian Sewell ~ art critic, journalist and broadcaster Ossian Ward ~ Visual Arts Editor of Time Out, London and former Editor of Art Review

The exhibition provides an unusual opportunity for works by lesser-known artists to be hung alongside contributions from internationally recognised names.The selectors are solely responsible for their own selection; selection is not by committee. The only restrictions are limitation of size (only small works are permitted) and to select at least 25% of their section from the open submission. All works must be for sale and the Discerning Eye's commission helps to fund our activities.

The ING Discerning Eye enjoys Royal patronage - The Prince of Wales has been both a selector and an exhibitor and regularly visits the show.

The 2011 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, is OPEN to the public from Thursday 10 November until Sunday 20 November, from 10am - 5pm daily. Admission is free.

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Artist Statement

Born outside of Boston in The U.S.A, I moved to Paris and lived there for a couple of years before settling for London as my base of operations. As an artist my work has been hung, played and performed in a few of the world’s right places and a couple of deliciously wrong ones. There is a real Peter Pan Syndrome at play in my art work and I suppose I would consider myself a carnival sideshow conceptualist, combining a bare-bones formal conceptualism with an eternal adolescent comic-prank DIY- approach.

For me ‘fantasy’ and ‘illusion’ are not a contradiction of reality, but instead an integral part of our everyday lives. I have always leaned toward making work participatory or immersive in some way so while my practice is characterized by the mediums of photography, performance and installation, individual works can also be seen as part of a wider interdisciplinary project that incorporates innovative web conversations and social networks.


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