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.