Auckland-based artist Dan Arps has been awarded the $38,000 prize (NZ$ 50,000) Walters Prize for his exhibition “Explaining Things” — a seemingly random installation of dumped domestic objects, reports the New Zealand Herald. The biennial prize was presented to 34-year old Arps by international judge and former Tate Modern director Vicente Todoli in Auckland.
"[Dan Arps] has transformed these found materials through his own editing ... and has taken them into another, higher realm ... turning “Explaining Things” into a revelatory multi-layered experience," said Todoli.
The prize, established to honor the late artist Gordon Walters, is privately funded by benefactors who include Mrs. Dayle Mace, Erika and Robin Congreve and Dame Jenny Gibbs, in partnership with Saatchi & Saatchi, Ernst & Young, and Auckland Art Gallery.
For more information about the 2010 Walters Prize click here