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Sculpture artists win award

Young & Giroux’s ’Interregnum’

Daniel Young and Christian Giroux, the artistic duo who designed the new sculpture in UTSC’s Instructional Centre atrium, have won the $50,000 top prize in the Sobey Art Award. The prize is given annually to a Canadian artist under the age of 40.

UTSC had selected Young & Giroux from among 92 applicants to make a piece of public sculpture for the IC atrium. The artists created Interregnum: Corner Displacement for John Andrews, a sculpture which is constructed of powder-coated aluminum and rises three storeys against a white wall.

“It’s incredibly high praise, and it reaffirms the significance of their artistic production,” says Ann MacDonald, curator of UTSC’s Doris McCarthy Gallery. “We knew this was an exciting and valuable work. This just provides further evidence.”

Young & Giroux are critically acclaimed Ontario-based artists who produce sculpture, public art and film installations.

"Young & Giroux reflect a curious world where digital interfaces have become an inextricable part of our lives,” according to a statement from the awards panel. “Their collaborative practice seamlessly integrates works as diverse as architectural proposals for public spaces, typological films of infrastructure developments across Canada and re-tooled, pre-fabricated consumer goods. Their adaption of computer systems, logic and software embodies a language with which they investigate our more analogue tendencies, our affection for material, formal elements, space and our relationship with the lingering legacy of Modernism."

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