2 July - 26 August 2017
This exhibition presents a range of recent outcomes from James Dodd’s exploratory practice. Dodd is an artist who celebrates cultures of DIY and life hacking, a result of his upbringing in the ‘make-do’ context of an agricultural childhood.
He applies radical curiosity and invention to investigations of public space, plays with the idea of fantastic tools and the backyard as in important place to make art. A sense of adaptation and hybrid invention is especially present in his recent bicycle sculptures and more general art-machine outcomes.
Having spent a large period of time immersed in Australia’s street art movement of the early noughties he has since pursued a practice that borrows graffiti for gallery outcomes and hijacks conceptual pursuits for application at the edges of society, in suburbia or regionally.
This selection of works includes vivid paintings, unusual bicycles, strange machines and candid videos. It brings this range of objects together to examine Dodd’s trajectory over the past decade or so and examines ongoing themes such as notions of social and political resistance; adventure and risk; and the hand-made contraption as a magical art device.
James Dodd is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery.
Image: IMAGE: James Dodd, Painting Mill (detail), 2015