We asked several of our friends and contributors for the artists they’ll be paying the closest attention to in 2014. Francesca Gavin’s choices were brilliant—a young and talented film artist whose recent claims to fame include being featured in Massimiliano Gioni’s “The Encyclopedic Palace” group exhibition at the Venice Biennale, and an up-and-coming multimedia artist getting her solo museum debut in Los Angeles.
Ed Atkins: “Every film Ed Atkins creates tips the language of cinema, poetry, and narrative upside down. At the heart of his work is a juggling act between human emotions and the limitations and strangeness of technology. He has an exhibition opening at the Kunsthalle Zurich in February, which should reinforce his place as a true young original.”
Watch an interview with Atkins about his film, The Trick Brain, that was featured in the Venice Biennale, as well as two of his recent video works, Death Mask 3, 2011, and Warm, Warm, Warm Spring Mouths, 2013.
N. Dash: “Her approach to abstraction in consistently interesting. There is a simplicity here but the results are more intelligent and complicated than it can appear at first. She has a solo show at the Hammer Museum in L.A. that is bound to establish her as a serious rising star in 2014.”
Francesca Gavin is a curator, writer, visual arts editor of Dazed & Confused, and contributing editor at Artsy, Bazaar (France), Twin, and Sleek.