How do you narrow down a single work of art for display out of more than 252 entries? That’s the challenge presented by Manifest’s One Prize. For the second year in a row, the gallery has devoted an entire exhibition space to a solitary object selected by a pool of 10 (conspicuously anonymous) jurors.
Last year’s winning piece was as delightful as it was unexpected. Yun Jeong Hong’s 2009 wood construction “Episteme” quietly engaged the viewer while dominating Manifest’s Parallel Space. By contrast, this year’s winner, Brett Eberhardt’s “Red Plate (after López)” is an unassuming still life that riff’s on painter Antonio López García’s 1972 work “Skinned Rabbit.” Eberhardt’s “Red Plate (after López)” is a nice painting. It’s technically adept, graceful and well executed. But is it worth an exhibition all to itself? You decide. One2 runs through Jan. 13. Gallery Hours: 2-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday.