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The super talented and charming Chris Dolman has recently embarked on a project which will regularly transform his house into an exhibition space. I will have a work included in the upcoming show, Home and Away, at Twenty Thirty Seven. It’s a pleasure to be exhibiting alongside a lovely list of artists – including – David Attwood, Priscilla Bourne, Will Cooke, Matthew Greeves, Jesse Hogan, Leahlani Johnson, Ben Leslie, Rohan Schwartz, Sam Songailo and Louise Zhang.

More details here –


Dodd Easel Rider 2015 2 lo res

I have had a variation of my Easel Rider work shortlisted for inclusion in the inaugural Paramor Prize for Art & Innovation. 40 finalists have been selected nationally and are in the running for a $20 000 first prize. Winners will be announced at the launch, January 31st. You can check out more about the prize and Casula Powerhouse here –


Opens Friday 13th February, Samstag Museum, Adelaide

Dodd Do it City Mag

Above image taken from Adelaide’s City Mag

do it is an ongiong worldwide project conceived and driven by international uber curator Hans Ulrich Obrist. It is essentially a contemporary variation of the Fluxus movement in which artists would often respond to instructions previously determined by others. It’s intention is to challenge conventional ways in which art is perceived to be made and to try and disrupt some of the inevitable hierarchies of the cultural world. The do it project is currently touring the globe and will soon be hosted by Adelaide’s Samstag Museum, where a selection of local artists have been invited to respond to predetermined artist instructions. I will be responding to a set of instructions from USA artist David Reed. More details and images here as the project unfolds.

Further information on the Samstag outcome can be found here -



Dodd Van Hek Install 6 square lo res


James Dodd Brendan Van Hek COLOUR IS THE DEVIL final

Opens Wednesday the 7th of January
Firstdraft Gallery, 13 – 17 Riley St, Woolloomoolo

Colour is the devil is an exhibition that brings together two practices that focus on colour as a tactic and strategy to investigate ideas on marginalisation, social hierarchies and the urban condition. James Dodd and Brendan Van Hek each bring different approaches to this exhibition through a varied use of colour, materials and form. Dodd uses a fluorescent and intoxicating palette of colours that manifest in variously scraped, scrawled and sprayed gestures that clash and irritate the senses, while Van Hek adds elements of the surreal to an already heightened atmosphere through his use of neon, fluorescent lights and coloured light filters. In this first time collaboration the artists are testing intersections of their work and interests, in pursuit of a ride that is part dream and part hallucination.

Both artists bring to this project a common interest in colour and its potential to convey ideas of social and cultural concern. In his practice Dodd chooses an intense, high key palette of painted outcomes that slip between the canvas, the wall and the gutter. Snippets of text that might be overheard or skimmed from the everyday become lurid, gaudy embellishments. Van Hek takes a different approach to colour in the form of light installations that are underpinned by personal narrative and interrogate social and hierarchical structures.


Broadsheet spread

Look out for a copy of the latest Broadsheet magazine – it features an essay written on my work by the wonderful Samantha Littley from UQ Art Museum which was produced for my recent solo presentation at the Contemporary Art Centre of S.A.


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.



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 -


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!


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.

J Dodd Felt Natural Bike 1 web

J Dodd Felt Natural Bike 2 web


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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.