We look forward to 2014 and a year ahead full of new artists and artworks and great exhibitions and events to be a part of. But first, let’s take a look back at the amazing year we’ve had.
Here are our top 5 moments of 2013:
1. TRACEY EMIN IN TIMES SQUARE NEW YORK
“All of my work is about emotion, it’s about feeling, it’s about subjection, it’s about witnessing; it’s personal. It isn’t cathartic but it really is a means for me to be able to express myself. It’s very old fashioned, very traditional.” – Tracey Emin
In February, Sedition launched Tracey Emin’s I Promise To Love You collection in celebration of Valentine’s Day, including six of her digital limited edition neon messages of love. Sedition travelled to New York with Tracey to present an impressive display of her collection in the heart Times Square as part of Time Square Alliance’s Midnight Moment.
2. MATT PYKE & SCIENCE MUSEUM
“I’m interested in bringing life and empathy into digital art rather than keeping its cold, abstract, machine sensibility.” – Matt Pyke
British artist Matt Pyke presented his second artwork on Sedition titled Presence 2.1, derived from a new installation Presence that was produced in collaboration with the LA Dance Project. Presence was launched in a solo exhibition for the opening of The London Science Museum’s new Media Space in September. The entire work consists of 24 films created from six separate dance sequences – each with four variations. Pyke used motion-tracking technology to capture the dancer’s movements as they performed. The movements were then manipulated and abstracted into colourful animated forms that bring to life gestural expressions of the body through the tracing of choreographed movements. The exhibition, Universal Everything & You is on at the Science Museum until 7 February 2014. Watch out for a brand new edition from Matt Pyke in the new year.
3. MAT COLLISHAW & EDITION HOTELS
“Generally I make artworks for myself and the people who see them. (For Prosopopoeia) I’ve given a voice to the Hotel.” – Mat Collishaw
In September, Collishaw was commissioned by Edition HOTELS to create an exclusive digital edition for the opening of the new London EDITION hotel located in London’s Fitzrovia. The artwork titled Prosopopeia, was installed as a projection in the entrance in the week leading up to the opening.
Prosopopoeia represents an illuminated diamond slowly rotating before a black background. Within the diamond are reflections of flowers – many of them Collishaw’s beloved orchids – that glitter and break up into prisms. The flowers catch fire, burn up, drown in luscious leafy green only to reappear in another rotation of the precious stone. In addition to commissioning the new work, a collection of curated artworks from Sedition are available to view by guests in all of the rooms of the London EDITION.
4. RYOJI IKEDA & SEDITION TRADE
Released in March, Ryoji Ikeda’s digital edition A Single Number That Has 124,761,600 Digits became the first artwork on Sedition to sell out all available editions. The work was also the first artwork to be made available for sale on the Sedition Trade platform launched in September. Sedition Trade has been a major development for the platform allowing collectors to resell editions and pursue other works for their personal collection.
5. LIU XIAODONG AT VENICE BIENNALE
“In the blink of an eye, everything can change. Sometimes we blink to confront something anew, sometimes to avoid something, sometimes to implant it into our hearts. Blinking can also rearrange things in our field of vision, that that is merely a subjective fabrication.” – Liu Xiaodong
Liu Xiaodong is considered the leading “New Generation” figurative painter of contemporary Chinese Realism and one of China’s foremost artists. His large-scale oil paintings are rich in colour, spontaneous, and known for their expressive painterly style characterised by strong brush strokes. Liu Xiaodong’s digital edition Blinking was created from ten video segments from a documentary about his painting excursions over recent years. Sedition presented the work at an official satellite exhibition of the Venice Biennale 55th International Art Exhibition that took place from 1 June until 24 November 2013.