This is a new project for me – one which will be quite exploratory. The general premise is to investigate ways in which a bike might become a form of self-portrait.The particular bike will be one that I make and one that I spend a period of time trying to use as a creative tool. These creative experiments will provide opportunities to look at social, political and personal understandings. The project is quite open ended and I am not setting any particular outcomes at the beginning.
I will be using the form of a blog to publish my creative research and as a place to reflect upon the things I discover. I am setting the precedent that I need to undertake various tasks and post the outcomes, whether they are ‘successful’ or not. You can check it out here –
Jimmy’s Tall Bike Adventures
I was recently approached by a company who are setting up a new office in our beloved Port Adelaide. They wanted something that would invigorate their space, be appealing to young clientele and reflect the raw nature of the area. I have had a long standing desire to execute some large scale architectural decimation and jumped at the chance to test a few ideas. The video below is a little promo for the company, Enhanced Training Services, which documents the painting process. I am keen to try out a few more ideas similar to this so if you have a space that you would like to see similarly invigorated let me know!
Enhanced Training Services foyer painting from James Dodd on Vimeo.
Here’s a little bit of wonderful, pun-filled reportage courtesy of another generic Murdoch publication. You can see some more pics and words regarding the project if you click on the menu to the left of this post. Look under ‘Group’, then ‘Strange Machines’.
I WANT CHANGE – Two Decades of Artistic Defiance, Disapproval and Dissent
LA TROBE UNIVERSITY OF MODERN ART, MELBOURNE
I am quite excited to have been invited to be part of this exhibition, which takes a retrospective look at politically oriented Australian art over the last 20 years. Artists in the exhibition include Michael Agzarian, Brook Andrew, boat-people.org, Bindi Cole, Fiona Foley, Jamin, Ash Keating, Deborah Kelly, Azlan McLennan, MEEK, Oliver Ressler & Zanny Begg, Van Rudd and Carl Scrase.
I will be presenting number of works from my ‘Occupied Territory’ street poster series that I began around 2003.
Opens 6pm Wednesday 20th of Februrary.
Runs until 12th April.
La Trobe University Museum of Art, Kingsbury Drive, Bundoora
HUGO MICHELL GALLERY, ADELAIDE
James Dodd – Tip of the Iceberg Teaser from James Dodd on Vimeo.
I hope that you enjoy the little teaser for the show. The works are a collection of mostly studies that I have made over summer, whilst thinking about landscape painting and how it works for me.
Opens 6pm, Thursday the 14th of February, 2013.
Runs until 16th of March.
Hugo Michell Gallery, 260 Portrush Rd, Beulah Park
I produced this little print whilst working with the wonderful Franck Gohier at Red Hand Prints in Darwin.
The framed size is approximately 40cm x 40cm and it is available at a very affordable price from both Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide and Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane.
Opening Sunday the 25th of November, the champions at Adelaide’s premier ARI, Fontanelle, are curating yet another blockbuster group exhibition to celebrate their last show of the year. Revolving around the end of the world (everyone’s favourite topic of the moment) the show includes work by Mary-Jean Richardson, Matthew Bradley, Chloe Langford, Lara Torr, Anna Horne, Steven Carson, Sera Waters, Ben Leslie, Julia Robinson, Julie Henderson, Brigid Noone, Andrew Dearman, Amy Joy Watson, Maarten Daudeij, Madison Bycroft, Tom Squires and more!
Check out Fontanelle here –
SOLOMONTOWN PRIMARY SCHOOL, PORT PIRIE
I will spend a week working with a group of students from Solomontown Primary School, teaching them basic aerosol and stencil skills, to create a large mural in their schoolyard. Carclew’s Cargo program is specific to the regions of Whyalla, Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Roxby Downs and made possible via the support of BHP Billiton.
Pics as they come to hand.
AGSA CONTEMPORARY COLLECTORS
RED HAND PRINTS
I have just spent a week in Darwin working with Franck Gohier at Red Hand Prints to produce a limited edition screen print.
The image references a bunch of work that I have been making about public scrawl unique to the Top End, combining this with a lovely ocean sunset as viewed through the mesh of a chainlink fence, common to the Darwin area. The prints feature one layer of text and image that is unique to each.
The work has been commissioned by the Art Gallery of South Australia’s Contemporary Collectors group and will form part of their annual fundraiser event late in November. The print is a limited edition of 30, available exclusively to members of the Contemporary Collectors group.
I am currently working on another print that I hope to make available in the near future.
You can find out about Contemporary Collectors here-
Red Hand Prints here-
THE AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF WORTHINESS
KUMUWUKI / BIG WAVE NATIONAL REGIONAL ARTS CONFERENCE
This collaborative project involves two friends who have practices located in performance and theatre; Emma Beech and Tessa Leong. Together, we are the Australian Bureau of Worthiness. We spend compact periods of time investigating places and their sense of worth. We do this via asking people in the street and community groups “What makes your day worth it?” From these responses and our own observations we develop a stage show that presents our findings. Typically this whole process takes about two weeks, including performances. Aside from contributing to shared conversations one of my major roles is to direct visual components and play DJ on two overhead projectors, often including lots of drawings that I make of the place that we are in.
For our most recent iteration we were invited to be part of the Kumuwuki / Big Wave National Regional Arts Conference, held in Goolwa, South Australia, October 19 – 21. We had a great time meeting Goolwa and presenting research to locals and visitors over the weekend. It was also a great privilege to see and meet some of the other great people attending the conference. A big thanks goes out to Steve Mayhew and the wonderful Kumuwuki team for all of their support.
You can see more Kumuwuki / Big Wave things here-
Australian Bureau of Worthiness things here-
And for those of you who like to use Facebook, we are currently growing our A.B.W. page. You can check it out and ‘like’ it here-