BUILT CONSTRUCTS


Opens 6pm Wed 3rd December, Adelaide Town Hall, King William Street, Adelaide

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Curated by hot young thing, Polly Dance, come and check out work from Tom Borgas, Thom Buchanan, Sundari Carmody, James Dodd and Annalise Rees.

Built Constructs brings together a group of South Australian artists whose practices are influenced by physical and societal constructs, whether architectural, material, domestic or political. Working across disciplines, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, performance, textile and video, the artists’ present highly innovative views of contemporary urban, suburban and domestic landscapes that we live in/with on a day to day basis.

Thematically curated, this exhibition explores how we (inclusive) negotiate lived environments, and ultimately questions how we find ‘our place’ in what can sometimes seem an endless negotiation of boundaries and built constructs.

HAZELHURST AT NIGHT : PECHA KUCHA TALK


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6 – 9pm Friday 21st November, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Kingsway, Gymea

As part of Hazelhurst’s regular summer evening parties, they are hosting a Pecha Kucha talk to run parallel with their Sublime Point exhibition titled Speaking the Landscape. Presenters including Peter Sharp, Dr. Oliver Watts, Narelle Happs and yours truly. I will be talking about adventure sports, strange bicycles and art. From 7pm.

There will be live music, great eats and drinks, markets and bunch of other great things that you can check out -
http://www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Arts_Entertainment/Hazelhurst/Whats_on/AT_NIGHT

FELT NATURAL


Opens 6pm Friday 21st November, Rymill Park, Adelaide

The wonderful FELT gang are at it again – get on down – don’t sleep on this one!

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FELTnatural ephemeral public art project

Following the success of ephemeral public art projects held in Port Adelaide and the River Torrens, FELTspace are proud to present FELTnatural, an exhibition across the Rymill Park featuring works from 20 local artists including Roy Ananda, James Dodd, Ray Harris and Sue Kneebone.

The focus of the project will be on bringing works by significant contemporary South Australian artists to the space driven by the desire to see high quality contemporary art, works that consider the space (physically, culturally and socially) and invite the public to experience the space differently.

Unfolding over a period of one week the project kicks off on Friday 21 November at 6pm with a family friendly party complete with food trucks. Lunch time artist talks will be held for the duration of the project, and visitors will be treated to a closing BBQ picnic including an embroidered Frisbee workshop by Tasmanian collective Team Textiles and performance by Choral Grief.

Closing Picnic: Sunday 30 Nov from 1pm, at BBQ West area, with Embroidered Frisbee workshop by Team Textiles and performance by Choral Grief. BYO drinks and food, bargain sausage sizzle by FELTspace.

Artists: Roy Ananda, Katie Barber, John Blines, Steven Cybulka, James Dodd, Jemimah Dodd, Mae Finlayson, Anna Gore, Ray Harris, Elizabeth Hetzel, Anna Horne, Heidi Kenyon, Sue Kneebone, Sophia Nuske, Jenna Pippett, Kate Power, Derek Sargent, Sandra Uray Kennet, Henry Jock Walker & Jungle Phillips & Steve Langford, and Josephine Were & Meg Wilson

Here’s a couple of sneaky pics of the work I have been developing for the project.

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TUMBLR ACTION


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I’ve enjoyed looking through people’s tumblr pages for a while, especially when they are set up as image dominant blocks. I have been putting one together that I am currently using as more of a place for notes and recording things that I am looking at. Mostly it is made up of images of other artist’s work with some of mine mixed in.
I try to include links to artist’s websites so that it can be a real gateway rather than just a collection of trawled clips.
You can check it out at the link below and I will add a permanent link in the sidebar of this site.

http://james-dodd.tumblr.com/

FELT SPACE – CASH SPACE FUNDRAISER


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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!
GET ON DOWN TO ADELAIDE’S FINEST ARI AND SHOW SOME LOVE!

What: CASHspace! FELTspace’s Annual Art Auction

When: Thursday 23 October, Doors open at 6pm for 6.30pm start

Who: Works donated by over thirty South Australian artists including:
Deborah Paauwe, Celeste Aldahn, Malia Wearn, Derek Sargent, Brad Lay, Ray Harris, Louise Haselton, Jessie Lumb, Kate Power, Lara Torr, Ryan Sims, Olga Sankey, Jenna Pippett, Tom Borgas, Matt Huppatz, Sundari Carmody, Meg Wilson, Aurelia Carbone, Sera Waters, Alex Bishop-Thorpe, Deidre But-Husaim, Katie Barber, Nicholas Folland, Julia Robinson, James Dodd, Stephanie Fuller, Sue Kneebone, Olivia Kathigitis, Roy Ananda, Anna Horne, Riley O’Keeffe, Carly Snoswell, Zoe Kirkwood, Arlon Hall, Logan MacDonald, Will Nolan, Anna Gore, Amy Joy-Watson, Harry Freeman, Sam Howie and Margaret Lloyd.

Where: FELTspace, 12 Compton Street, Adelaide

SUBLIME POINT – HAZELHURST REGIONAL GALLERY



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The work that I recently completed as part of a residency at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery will be included in this upcoming exhibition.

GUILDHOUSE PUBLIC ART MENTORING



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Guildhouse have invited myself and 9 other South Australian artists to make ourselves available as public art mentors via the Helpmann Academy mentorship program. Rather than employing the standard, and terribly boring process of applying in writing, Guildhouse has devised a kind of speed dating event whereby each of the available mentors will briefly introduce themselves to aspiring mentorees. Matches will be aligned on the evening of the event, with the potential to pursue them further at a later date. The event is scheduled for Wednesday the 29th of October. Find out more and register your interest here –

HAZELHURST RESIDENCY PROGRESS SHOTS


Here’s a few shots of the work progressing at Hazelhurst. The finished piece will be included in Sublime Point, opening Friday 10th of October.

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HAZLEHURST REGIONAL GALLERY RESIDENCY


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I am spending the next couple of weeks at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery in Sydney’s south executing a large-scale work which will be included in an an exhibition that will explore the theme of contemporary landscapes, opening in October. The gallery is set on a large grounds, with lush gardens and a large living quarters which regularly hosts visiting artists. It supports a massive program of exhibitions, community education and workshops. Here’s a link to the gallery’s site –

ONE PEOPLE ONE VOICE FESTIVAL – GROOTE EYLANDT


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I have just finished up a project in the Arnhem Land region of Australia’s Top End. Full report here —>