Together Again West Elm + Minted Art Challenge Special Prizes

What an amazing collaboration! This challenge resulted in a record breaking number of submissions to an art challenge – a whopping 1,960. More telling than the sheer number was the interesting mix of work and the number of new artists who participated. The Minted Art Collection continues to be refined and we are delighted with these new additions.

Below are the award winners for the special prizes for the Together Again Minted + West Elm Art Challenge. Congratulations to all!

Out of the Box Award for the best boundary-pushing art print

Public Isolation” by Christopher Morben

“Public Isolation” elevates the pedestrian view of the interior of a public bus to fine photography. Chris notes on his artist’s statement that although the bus was in use, he happened to embark when it was void of other passengers. Through this unusual happenstance, he was able to capture the relatively unfamiliar sight of an empty bus in a crowded city. By using a tight frame for the image, he creates a sense of intimacy for the viewer. Scattered across the seats, the sunlight casts a spectral illusion of people and the windows, full of reflective glare, offer a hazy view of the city outside.

 Monochromatic Award for the best monochromatic print

Deep Blue” by 2birdstone

Using a single color palate while attempting to create sufficient complexity in a work can be challenging. “Deep Blue” infuses expression solely with the use of the color blue, texture, and lines .The facing chevron patterns fade as they get closer to one another, and the textured under layer strikes a counter balance to the hard-edged lines. Blue has been a muse for a variety of artists over the ages from the Byzantine period to the modern masters such as Picasso, Chagall, and Yves Klein. Ashley alludes to a melancholy surrounding this piece, reminding me of a blue note – the lower pitch used by musicians to add emotion to a piece.

Art of Photography Award for the best photographic print

Inherent Change” by Jayna

This striking image is at first unidentifiable – is it a cloud?  A popped kernel of corn?  In reading the artist’s statement, the image captures the detail of a stone.  While I’d love to know more about how she photographed this image, in some ways it doesn’t matter as the beauty is in the abstract quality of the amorphous white shape floating on the black background. The image is simultaneously microscopic and expansive which gives the suggestion that object is captured in a state of change.

Jayna is one of our newer artists, and is based in Oregon.

 Abstract Award for the best abstract painting or illustration

Tipsy Teal” by Carmelina

A mid century abstraction, this piece shows the lines ebbing and flowing through an undulating pattern. Drunken black marks lay on top of the color fields, delineating them in a seemingly careless manner. Triangles and parallelograms with hues of teal, orange, pink, white, and gray note the space. Carmelina joined our Community in February 2014, just in time for this challenge. We are so excited to see what future submissions bring from her!

 Shop Local Award for the best art print that celebrates what’s special and unque about a particular region

Historic LA” by Jennifer Morehead

This unusual image features a contemporary border of the city of Los Angeles overlaid on a vintage map of the same city from years past. The original details of the historic image are cropped, and at times barely legible, yet the overall effect beautifully melds the old LA with the new. Without the title, the piece has an abstract quality that lends itself to a play of the mind in interpreting the image over and over again.

My mind now jumps ahead 100 years and wonders about the shape of the future metropolis.

Mid-Century Style Award for the bets art print in this on-trend style

Blue Magnolia” by Deborah Velásquez

This award is for a work that captures the ethos of the Mid Century era. Deborah Velasquez’s work, “Blue Magnolia,” embodies many of the principals of mid century graphic history. Using a minimal palate with saturated tones, Deborah delineates the shapes with thick black strokes to reveal a close up image of a Magnolia blossom. Evoking the work of master painter Georgia O’Keefe through the choice of scale, this image allows the viewer to really see a magnolia blossom through a different perspective.

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