|Elizabeth Price, still from The Woolworths Choir of 1979, 2012|
The shortlisted artists are: Luke Fowler, Paul Noble, Elizabeth Price and Spartacus Chetwynd. Examples of their work appear below, together with brief statements citing the reasons for their nomination (quoted from the Tate website).
Read reviews of the exhibition by Adrian Searle, Laura Cumming and Richard Dorment; watch a video commentary on the exhibition by Adrian Searle.
Nominated for his solo exhibition at Inverleith House, Edinburgh, which showcased his new film exploring the life and work of Scottish psychiatrist, R.D. Laing. Fowler interweaves found footage and new material into accomplished and immersive films that evoke the atmosphere of a particular era, revealing how the relationship between individuals and society changes through time.
|Luke Fowler, stills from All Divided Selves, 2011|
Nominated for his solo exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, London, which brought together the painstakingly detailed and engrossing drawings of the fictional metropolis Nobson Newtown. Undercutting the precise, technical drawing is a dark satirical narrative which unfolds in the micro-cosmos of these monumental works.
|Paul Noble, from top, Public Toilet, 1999, Volume 3, 2006-7, Small Three (Noir et Blanc), 2011|
Nominated for her solo exhibition at BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, in which she presented a trilogy of video installations. Price reanimates existing archives of imagery, texts and music to explore our complex relationship to objects and consumer culture. Her carefully sequenced films guide us through immersive virtual spaces, derived from the cultural debris of the material world.
|Elizabeth Price, stills from The Woolworths Choir of 1979, 2012|
Nominated for her solo exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ, London. Combining a broad spectrum of historical and cultural sources, Chetwynd makes paintings, carnivalesque performances and sculptural installations utilising handmade costumes and sets. Chetwynd confuses the boundary between performer and spectator, creating an atmosphere of joyful improvisation.
|Spartacus Chetwynd, Odd Man Out, 2011|