decay, disgust - after last year's low-key affair, no one could
accuse the Turner Prize 2003 of being short on provocation.
In the end the Chapman brothers lost out to people's favourite,
Grayson Perry - and 'quiet man' Willie Doherty won a new set of
admirers. Our reviewer Carol Murphy profiles him...
here for the other Turner Prize nominees: Jake
& Dinos Chapman>>, Anya
Gallaccio>> and Grayson
in 1959 in Derry in Northern Ireland. Studied at the Ulster Polytechnic,
came to light in 1985 with a series of black and white photographs
which juxtaposed bleak, empty landscapes with suggestive or 'loaded'
text, offering ambiguous interpretations of the political climate
of Northern Ireland. Lives and works in Derry and even though most
of his videos are filmed there, his work can also be linked to his
explorations of perception, fiction, conflict, interpretation and
Nominated this year for: Re-Run
(2002), a two-screen video installation of a man running across
an empty bridge at night. This is projected in a continual loop
to give the impression of being trapped in a repetitive void of
But is he the hunter or the hunted?
inside view: does
not offer the same hype as the Chapman brothers or Grayson Perry.
His work is at a different pace.
of Re-Run (2002). Video installation at Tate Britain. Video.
likely to win?: not
the bookies' favourite, despite missing out on the Turner Prize
nine years ago.
hear from again?: certainly.
He is represented by the Matts Gallery in London and has shows all
apparently serious artist but does not seem to be
offering us anything new (if that is indeed important). Re-Run
appears to be just that, a re-staged version of the piece he was
nominated for way back in 1994.
Turner Prize 2003 is at Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1.Tel:
020 7887 8000. Daily 10.00 - 17.50 until 11 January 2004
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go on to Jake & Dinos Chapman>>
or Anya Gallaccio>>
or Grayson Perry>> or go
to our Galleries index for more
on London's visual arts scene