When I was invited to a private viewing of the Turner Prize finalists earlier this year, I was a little underwhelmed by the entries. This prestigious prize is usually know for its shock value — but this year the overall group of finalists felt demure and almost too afraid to make any statement. Two pieces of work did however capture our imagination: Richard Wright's intricate gold leaf painting straight onto the wall, resembling wallpaper and Roger Hiorns's atomised jet engine and sculptures.
Richard Wright was announced as the 2009 winner earlier this week and it made us think of two things: Is everything in our society temporary these days, even art? Secondly (on a less high brow note!) is this symbolizing that the art world is finally accepting design as a form of art?
Richard's winning piece and the other finalists are on show until January 3, 2010 at the Tate Britain.