Pom Pom is a project based in the northern suburbs of Adelaide. I have been enjoying doing some fairly regular work there over the past year. I am currently working towards a specific mural outcome with a group of participants that we hope will be completed sometime in April. Pom Pom is an initiative of Carclew – you can read a bit more about it here.
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 – http://twentythirtyseven.com/home-and-away/
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
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 -
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.
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
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 -