Tauba Auerbach, STATIC 1, c-type print, 2008; © 2008 Tauba Auerbach; photo: courtesy STANDARD (OSLO), Norway
Desiree Holman, The Magic Window (still), 2007; © 2008 Desiree Holman; photo: courtesy of the artist and the Silverman Gallery, San Francisco
Jordan Kantor, Untitled (Lens Flare), 2008; private collection; © 2008 Jordan Kantor; photo: courtesy Ratio 3, San Francisco
Trevor Paglen, Unmarked 737 at "Gold Coast" Terminal, Las Vegas, Nevada; Distance ~1 Mile, 10:44 pm, 2007; chromogenic print; Courtesy Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco, and Bellwether, New York; © 2008 Trevor Paglen; photo: courtesy the artist, Altman Siegel Gallery, and Bellwether
The recipients of this year's SECA Art Award employ a wide spectrum of artistic approaches, including painting, sculpture, photography, and video. Tauba Auerbach mines TV static, digital binary code, alphabets, and other sources to probe the dynamics of symbolic representation. Referencing 1980s sitcoms, Desirée Holman uses sculpture, performance, and video to look at the human condition via both reality and fantasy. Jordan Kantor's paintings explore the ways images circulate in our culture via appropriation. Trevor Paglen's photographs examine the shadowy side of the U.S. government, capturing images of spy satellites, clandestine flight missions, and secret military operations.
2008 SECA Art Award: Tauba Auerbach, Desirée Holman, Jordan Kantor, Trevor Paglen is funded by SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), an SFMOMA art interest group, and The Graue Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Bay Area Contemporary Arts Exhibition Fund at SFMOMA. Media support is provided by San Francisco magazine.