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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

And the Betty Bowen Winner Is…

posted by on September 30 at 15:50 PM

Isaac Layman!

Here he is in Middleman, twisting the John Baldessari trick of the artist telling you what to look at:

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Layman is a totally deserving artist. From the list of finalists the committee was consideringóLayman, Wynne Greenwood, Eric Elliott, Alexis Pike, and Nicholas NylandóI’d have chosen Greenwood myself (um), but Layman’s art can also be a sincere sensation. This Box Spring and Apple Tree video, for instance, was as dreamy as a young Balzac hero.

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This is one of my favorite Laymans. The shadow around the shirt is real but the rest of the marks are drawn on the shirt itself, so that this is a photograph of a folded shirt with a drawing of a folded shirt on it.

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As for Greenwood and Elliott, they won $2,500 each in secondary awards. (More Elliott here.)

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1

at first i thought that read Betty BoweRS.

which would be hilarious.

Posted by max solomon | September 30, 2008 5:00 PM
2

or Petty Blowin'...

Posted by HuskyQuaker | September 30, 2008 7:50 PM
3

not art.

Posted by jameyb | September 30, 2008 8:25 PM
4

jameyb -- better let all those collectors who have bought issac's "stuff" that it's not art. they've apparently been duped.

Posted by joey | October 1, 2008 7:12 AM
5

Who were the committee members this year?

Posted by Lazlso | October 1, 2008 12:15 PM

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