Vancouver's Isabelle Pauwels wins The Brink award

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      Vancouver video artist Isabelle Pauwels has been named as the inaugural recipient of biennial The Brink award, administered by the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington. The $12,500 prize, open to early-career artists working in Washington, Oregon, or B.C., will be presented to Pauwels on April 17, 8 p.m., at the Henry Art Gallery.

      Belgian-born Pauwels, a graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (now Emily Carr University of Art and Design), earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is represented in Vancouver by the Catriona Jeffries Gallery. Her work deconstructs genres such as reality TV, talk shows, documentary, and writing, creating installations that use devices such as video monitors, microphones, televisions, telephones, audio equipment, and typewriters.

      In addition to receiving The Brink prize, Pauwels will be given a solo exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery, and a piece of her art will be acquired for the gallery’s permanent collection.

      Pauwels was one of five finalists for The Brink award, along with Seattle’s Matt Browning and Isaac Layman, Portland’s Alex Felton and Aaron Flint Jameson, and Vancouver’s Gareth Moore. Moore, a multidisciplinary artist whose work often focuses on transforming discarded objects into items of value, also studied at Emily Carr and is represented by Catriona Jeffries.