Paris-based artist, architect and filmmaker Marc Johnson was awarded $15,000 AUD as the winner of the inaugural Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing for his book fecund lacuna / lacune féconde, published by French publishing house Analogues.
fecund lacuna / lacune féconde is the product of more than a year of research into the field of archaeology, supported by the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research. Photographs of archaeological sites from the Institute’s collection, and of a site-specific art installation by Marc Johnson, are presented alongside anthropological and philosophical essays in a project that questions the world today and anticipates the future. The judging panel commended fecund lacuna / lacune féconde for the way it weaves complex ideas about art, science and archaeology into an engaging, well-designed and high quality publication.
fecund lacuna / lacune féconde was selected as the winning book from close to 200 entries from Australia and countries across the globe, including India, China, Spain, The Netherlands, United States, United Kingdom and Russia. Five finalists were also announced, each winning $1,000 AUD.
Congratulations to all finalists of The Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing, 2017:
- fecund lacuna / lacune féconde – by Marc Johnson, published by Analogues, designed by Baldinger Vu-Huu
- Episodic Urbanism – by Peter Elliott and contributors, published by Uro Publications, designed by Stuart Geddes
- Nicholas Mangan: Limits to Growth – published by Monash University Museum of Art and Sternberg Press, Berlin (initiated with the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane and Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin), designed by Žiga Testen
- The Gentle Hand + The Greedy Eye: an everyday baroque practice in architecture – self-published by author Rachel Hurst, designed by Catherine Griffiths
- SPECIALISM – by David Blamey and contributors, published by Open Editions, designed by Jonathan Hares
- House is a House is a House is a House is a House: Architectures and Collaborations of Johnston Marklee – by Reto Geiser and contributors, published by Birkhäuser/Johnston Marklee/Reto Geiser, designed by MG&CO., Noemi Mollet and Reto Geiser.
The prize was announced as part of the Melbourne Art Book Fair held at the NGV International from 16-19 March 2017.
fecund lacuna / lacune féconde by Marc Johnson. Published by Analogues, designed by Baldinger Vu-Huu.