Ruth Buchanan was announced as the winner of the Walters Prize 2018 at a dinner in Auckland last night. Buchanan was selected for her presentation of BAD VISUAL SYSTEMS, 2016/2018, a mixed media installation. Judge Adriano Pedrosa said of Buchanan's work: "The many layers of Ruth Buchanan’s installation BAD VISUAL SYSTEMS, 2016/2018, provide a distinct polyphonic quality to the exhibition, at times poetically verging on the cacophonic." Pedrosa also praised the high quality of all finalists, the remaining three of whom were Jacqueline Fraser, Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, and Pati Solomona Tyrell. Their works are all currently exhibiting at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Pedrosa is an eminent Latin American writer and critic and artistic director at the globally renowned São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP), Brazil.
Walters Prize 2018