'the churchie' People's Choice Award Announced News

'the churchie' People's Choice Award Announced

21 December 2019

On the final day of the churchie national emerging art prize finalists’ exhibition, we are excited to announce the 2019 People’s Choice Award winner, Jordan Azcune.

Azcune will be awarded $3,000 thanks to Madison Cleaning Services and a lucky voter will receive a Jardan bed linen package and a night at The Calile Hotel.

Jordan Azcune’s sculptural wall-based work, A greater light to rule the day and a lesser light to rule the night (2019) references ornamental Christian stained-glass windows. Separated into light and dark, the sculptures and their title contemplates the understanding that a day ends and begins at sun down, as in the Byzantine tradition (Azcune 2019). Dusk, the transition of day into night, is often considered a special time on religious occasions. It is a time of celebration or offering, in particular at Passover—the only religious rite celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses, the tradition that the artist was raised in. Pure beeswax candles create a new kind of offering for Azcune, one disassociated from religion; a stoic, imperfect, and transgenerational sacrificial gift, abstracted from its genesis (Azcune, 2019).

Jordan Azcune, 'A greater light to rule the day and a lesser light to rule the night', 2019, wax encaustic, pigment, 23kt gold leaf, stained glass, aluminium, stainless steel, timber, 160 x 165 cm.

The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.