October 2, 2009

JAMES DODD – OCTOBER NEWS

I have just returned from 2 months travel to Europe and the United States and have returned inspired and enthused! If you want to see some recent work there are a couple of group shows coming up that I will have pieces in.


THE DEVIL, MAX DAWN GALLERY, SA
Come along to what will be a very entertaining selection of works by a great list of artists at Adelaide’s most exciting new independent gallery. Opens 7pm, Saturday the 10th of October, 47 Phillips St, Thebarton.




Max Dawn Farcebook Propaganda available here


WHYALLA ART PRIZE, SA
I have had a work selected for the finalist exhibition of Country Arts SA’s Whyalla Art Prize. Opens 6pm Friday the 16th of October, Middleback Theatre, Whyalla. Runs until the 13th of November.

More details and a full list of artists can be seen here


TERRITORY, CROSS CULTURAL ART EXCHANGE, NT
Thom Buchanan, Will Nolan, Elizabeth Wojciak and myself will be presenting work in a group exhibition at one of Darwin’s finest commercial galleries, Cross Cultural Art Exchange.
The show opens 6pm, Friday the 6th of November, 2/2 Harriet Place, Darwin.

More information about CCAE

This project is part of an exchange between South Australian and Northern Territory artists. Top Enders Nina Battley, Rob Brown and Bryan Bulley will be presenting work in Adelaide at Gallery 139. The exhibition opens 6pm Thursday the 29th of October, 139 Magill Rd, Stepney.

To view Gallery 139 artists go here


HUCK MAGAZINE, EUROPE
My Pommy mate King Adz has been kind enough to run a rather complementary article on my work in Huck Magazine, a bi-monthly lifestyle magazine. In print, on your local European newsstand, pick it up in Spanish, German or plain old English.

//Name’s Jimmy//

//Australia’s James Dodd is taking outsider graffiti to a higher brow.//

Jimmy and I met by chance when we were both guest speakers at some insane Belgium street art fest, where there were more artists than punters. It was a strange but interesting weekend and it was one of those meetings where it feels like you’ve known the person forever, which is what friendship is all about: eternity. The only downside to the weekend was the inedible vegan shit masquerading as food. Anyhow… me and Jim hit it off and he very kindly let me into his world. The life of an original artist is one of the most interesting places for a writer.

Now 31, Jimmy used to be one of the most prominent stencil artists in Australia until he gave it all up to go back to uni and study for his Masters of Visual Art. This was an astute move as now his work has all the influences of the street but with the heavy-weight conceptual backing of the art establishment.

What Jimmy does is travel the world collecting scrawls and graffiti (not the street art kind, but the underclass style). He shoots them on a digital camera, and then comes up with a concept – like the time he built a facsimile of a Darwin bus shelter (renowned for being painted with very kitsch sunsets) and used exact copies of the collected scrawls to cover its surfaces. Thus underclass outsider art became high art. I fucking love it.

“I’ve always been attracted to graffiti and to people who do things that they’re not supposed to,” says Jim, from his Adelaide home (‘Adelaide has a slower pace than Melbourne which I prefer at the moment because it means I can get more work done.’)

. “There was even a period when I thought that street art could solve all of the world’s problems - fortunately that’s passed…”

Having spent years knee-deep in the Melbourne stencil scene, Jim knows better than most what he likes and, more importantly, what he don’t: “I’ve decided that most New York/train oriented graf is very derivative,” he says. “As a culture, it often doesn’t support innovation and experimentation. But these are the primary things that I find exciting in all creative endeavours. That’s why I find outsider graffiti so exciting, because it doesn’t adhere to a set of rules and is often unpredictable.”

Right now, Jimmy’s…( So, at the moment, He is developing artwork that uses found scrawl as a component, and is mostly interested in making work that is heavily influenced by street creativity and intervention to be shown in galleries, in the context of informed art discussions. James is also spending some time working on community projects, like teaching Year 8 and 9 classes from Mitcham Girls High in Adelaide stencil techniques and producing material to contribute to a large mural on the outside of the school.

– but in between it all, he’s still looking for those outsider kids who love scrawling on the street: “I look at the streets wherever I go, they remain a constant source of inspiration for me. At the moment, non-disciplined graffiti is the type of stuff that turns me on the most. I want to celebrate this in the art that I am making.”




Check out Adz’s latest Huck online column entry here

June 30, 2009

CRYPTOPHILISTINISM AT CAST, HOBART

During June and July, CAST Gallery in Hobart, Tasmania, will play host to the Cryptophilistinism group exhibition. The show was first presented earlier in 2009 at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne. It has been curated by Amita Kirpilani and features work by Stuart Bailey, James Dodd, Sarah Goffman, Scott Morrison and Justin Trendall.
More shots can be seen on the CAST site.

CAST





MITCHAM GIRLS HIGH MURAL

Over the last term myself and Billie Thomson have been working with a couple of Year 8 and 9 classes from Mitcham Girls High in Adelaide. We have been teaching them stencil techniques and producing material to contribute to a large mural on the outside of the school. The project has been made possible with the support of Carclew, SAYAB (through Arts SA) and DECS.








INSANE IN THE LANE

Some shots from my recent solo exhibition at Lindberg Contemporary Art, Melbourne.
This project was made possible with support from the Helpmann Academy.








MERGE MAGAZINE PROFILE

Adelaide’s freshest street press, Merge, has just published a profile of yours truly. If you’re not Adelaidian you can check it out online at –

Merge

MASTERS EXEGESIS ONLINE

For those of you who are research or postgrad inclined, I am pleased to announce that I have officially completed my masters. A copy of the exegesis, which accompanied my final presentation of artwork can be downloaded here.

Download

JAMES DODD → MAY NEWS

Melbourne – Solo exhibition opening May 23
Insane in the Lane
Lindberg Contemporary Art, 48 Cambridge St, Collingwood
This group of paintings extends upon my ongoing investigations into found, handmade marks from the urban environment. Combining particular imagery with specifically local graffiti, this is an attempt at constructing a type of ‘psychogeography’ that can reflect personal, social and physical landscapes.
Opening celebration Saturday May 23, 5 – 8pm. Exhibition runs until June 17.
This exhibition has been made possible via the generous support of the Helpmann Academy.
Lindberg


Australian Art Collector profile
Buy, borrow or steal the latest issue of Australian Art Collector and check out the artist profile that they have published. The article discusses some of my early influences whilst illustrating a number of recent and more currently relevant works.
Page 122 onwards.
Email me if you would like a digital scan of the article.

Darwin – Exhibition at 24hr Art
Until June 13
Sunset Dreaming, which draws its inspiration from bus shelters and graffiti of the Darwin region, is currently on show at 24hr Art, Vimy Lane, Parap.
24HR Art


ABC – Sunday Arts article
5pm, Sunday May 24
This short piece documents Sunset Dreaming as it appears at 24hr Art in Darwin and offers further insight into some of the motivations for the work.
You can download epsisode 13 from the Sunday Arts website.
Sunday Arts

March 22, 2009

PARADISIAC




I will be presenting a suite of recent work at the fabulous Ryan Renshaw Gallery in Brisbane.
The show runs from the 8th till the 25th of April.
Opening celebration 6-8pm, Tuesday the 7th of April.
137 Warry St, Fortitude Valley.
Ryan Renshaw website

MAY'S LANE RETROSPECTIVE

Since 2005 the May Lane Art Project has played host to a swag of premium street artists both local and international. This is the second retrospective of panels produced by participating artists, presenting an encyclopaedic account of Australian illicit art, bear witness to more than 30 panels, each 2.4 x 3.6 metres in size. More art than you can poke a marker at!
Opens March 25th, Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Evenliegh, Sydney, from 6pm.


More May's info here

THE END

Here are some shots from my Masters examination exhibition.










January 13, 2009

NEW YEARS NEWS

Brisbanites
This Saturday the 17th of January at 11am I will be at the UQ Art Museum to talk about my ‘Study for Marty’ work that is included in the current ‘New. Selected Recent Acquisitions 2007-2008’ exhibition.

NEW – Artist talks


Melbournites
I’ll be in Melbourne for the presentation of a variation of my Speakeasy work that will be included in a group exhibition at Gertrude Street Contemporary Art Spaces. ‘Cryptophilistinism’ opens Friday the 6th of February.

Cryptophilistinism media release

Dingo T-shirt


Available from the Gallery of Modern Art bookstore, Brisbane.$35.
Contact Peter Beiers at peter.beiers@qag.qld.gov.au or on 07 38407341.
The bookshop also sells copies of the rather comprehensive catalogue that accompanies the Optimism exhibition for a measly $45.

Optimism TV commercial

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