Frieze and Artadia are excited to reveal details of the inaugural Frieze Artadia Prize, a new initiative that will provide a New York-based artist with the opportunity to realize a major new work at Frieze New York. Jessica Vaughn has been named as the recipient of the prize and will debut her selected commission at this year’s fair, which runs May 17–21, 2023 at The Shed.
The prize recognizes the work of a New York-based artist who has previously received an Artadia Award, enabling them to realize a new site-specific commission at Frieze New York. Vaughn’s proposal was selected by jurors: Sohrab Mohebbi, Director of New York’s Sculpture Center, and Franklin Sirmans, Director of Miami’s Perez Art Museum.
Titled The Internet of Things, Vaughn’s Frieze Artadia Prize commission draws on the US postal system as a means to spotlight the organizational structures that underlie late stage capitalism. In a process that began during the pandemic and lasted until earlier this year, Vaughn mailed letters via the US Postal Service to a series of locations, each marking a site of leisure, commerce, or a historic act of public violence. These include Disney World, Prospect Park, Silicon Valley offices, malls, and the gated community in Sanford, Florida where Trayvon Martin was murdered in 2012. By intentionally mislabelling the letters, Vaughn was able to ensure their return, and each now bears the marks, digital and handwritten, of passing through the various stages of the postal system. Images of both the interior and exterior of these envelopes, printed onto strips of canvas and linen, will be on view at The Shed throughout the fair’s run, in what the artist describes as a “revisioning of the traditions of landscape painting.” She adds, “I was interested in all of these sites, which when considered together, constitute a conceptual landscape that reorients how American life is pictured, felt, and structured.”