Torontonians Daniel Young and Christian Giroux are this year’s winners of the prestigious Sobey Art Award.
Young, 29, and Giroux, 40, prevailed over four other finalists to take the $50,000 first prize on Thursday at a ceremony in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax. The Sobey, created by the Sobey Art Foundation in 2002 to honour the achievements of Canadian artists 40 years and younger, originally was awarded every two years, then became an annual affair in 2006.
Collaborators since 2002, the 2011 laureates work in a variety of idioms including film, sculpture, installation and architecture. In a statement, the prize’s five-person jury spoke of how the duo’s diverse oeuvre reflects “a curious world where digital interfaces have become an inextricable part of our lives.”
The other finalists, each of whom received $5,000, were Sarah Anne Johnson (representing the Prairies/Northern Canada), Manon De Pauw (Quebec), Zeke Moores (Atlantic Canada) and Charles Stankievech (West Coast/Yukon).