'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.
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).