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SOLO 2015 Winners:
Lyell Castonguay
and Wendy Wolf

SOLO 2015 awards a solo exhibition to two artists who have never had a solo show in a commercial gallery. The yearly deadline is October 15. Click here for more info.

The two winners of the SOLO 2015 competition are Lyell Castonguay and Wendy Wolf.

The six finalists, out of 157 entries, were:
John Campbell
Lyell Castonguay
Kara Dunne
Gaye Korbet
Rani Sarn
Wendy Wolf

Juror's Statement
Judith Tolnick Champa, independent curator

I am extremely impressed by the number and variety of artworks submitted thoughtfully to this competition, and I want to thank everyone for taking the time and effort. Frequently, your participation spawned my first encounter with work that I intend now to follow. 

In many cases, submissions show evidence of years of committed practice. Yet they also indicate the ambitions of artists who are midcareer, emerging, or talented students. This mix provided for an exciting and challenging selection process. Thank you all for submitting such salutary indications of your art, with rarely predictable accompanying rationales for its coming into being.

Finalists inevitably had to be selected. Through their skillfully executed work, each solo finalist demonstrates an original concept and creative impulse. Each represents an art of exceptional immanence, and capaciousness.

Lyell Castonguay:
"Feathery Devils"

“Fuji,” woodcut on paper, 36" x 24", 2014 (Photo: John Polak)


By using the eccentric contours and monumental scale of woodcut, Castonguay distorts the familiar imagery of birds into allegorical beasts. Their forms are fanciful exaggerations— a synthesis of his avian encounters blended with mythology.

These creatures, depicted in portraiture and piled masses, exude ferocity and restlessness. They are personified predators eager to confront the viewer’s imagination.

Wendy Wolf:
"Examined Repetition"

“Examined Repetition: Image 12-17" (detail), highly pigmented acrylic ink on Yupo paper, 12" x 12", 2014


The series "Examined Repetition" is my form of poetry.

My repeated mark-making evolved from automatic writing; as I worked, I wanted to remove my words from the image and make it more about the meditative actions.

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