James Dodd

Hugo Michell Gallery Open: James Dodd & Henry Jock Walker + Sera Waters

Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the exhibitions ‘Low Pressure System’, a collaborative exhibition by James Dodd & Henry Jock Walker, and ‘Specks’ by Sera Waters. These exhibitions are presented as part of the 2021 SALA Festival.

*Please note*
-Due to the current government restrictions we are unable to serve refreshments at this exhibition opening and you are required to wear a mask.
-If you wish to join us for the opening of these exhibitions, RSVP is essential to mail@hugomichellgallery.com

‘Low Pressure System’ by James Dodd & Henry Jock Walker brings together a collection of ongoing investigations and will include a new teamwork exploration.  Whilst having shared many art adventures together, this will be the first duo exhibition for the pair. This exhibition plays out the affinitive connection that both Dodd and Walker have for painting, colour and abstraction.

Whilst the works of each artist show strong visual correlations; their individual approaches, processes and materials are embedded with varied content.  Dodd continues his investigations into the use of mechanical devices such as painting tools and industrial processes and Walker continues his sew collage of pre-loved wetsuits.

‘Specks’, by Sera Waters presents a body of work that were made during a time of the pandemic, lockdowns, grief, and grappling with growing climactic disasters. Sera has sensitively communicated these themes through laboured methods allowing time for her own and audience reflection.

“I imagine the atmosphere of now is full of specks; specks of the past, specks of data, specks of living matter, specks of stuff. Specks link to others to make threads, then tangles, then whole interconnected networks, that are the basis of the stories and material worlds we inherit and continue to create for the next generations. These artworks were made during the time of the pandemic, lockdowns, my own grief, and my grappling with growing climatic disasters. They transform specks of data, family histories, found materials, and textile traditions into tales, reminders, and laborious reckonings. These stories of stumps, drought-ridden land, extreme heat, and invasive species all arise from past entangles; from a want for wood, from a stowaway pest, from traditions introduced ill-fittingly to another’s faraway land. Tracing these tangles, following their threads, is a way of learning from them, redirecting their accumulated specks into new stories for the future.”

Exhibition runs from: 3 August – 28 August
Official Exhibition opening: Thursday 5 August 6-8 pm
Exhibition Finissage: Saturday 28th August

Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

James Dodd announced as finalist in the Tatiara Art Prize

Congratulations to James Dodd who has been selected as a finalist in the Tatiara Art prize 2019 for his work ‘Mill Painting (Running Rocks)’. The $10,000 prize held at the Walkway Gallery in Bordertown aims to “discover new talents, invigorate artistic passions and support local artists from across the Tatiara.” The winner will be announced on the opening September 20 and runs until November 1.

James Dodd 'Motion' at Hahndorf Academy for SALA Festival

James Dodd is exhibiting a selection of recent paintings from his ‘Painting Mill Project’ in ‘Motion’ at the Hahndorf Academy as part of SALA Festival. Dodd will also be exhibiting a number of contraptions that encompass multiple roles: sculpture, tool and performance prop.

“James Dodd has a practice that meanders across a range of different outcomes.  He has a curiosity for machines, tinkering, backyard adaptation and the way in which these things might be incorporated into a visual arts practice. “

‘Motion’ is showing at the Hahndorf Academy until Sunday September 15.

James Dodd will also be running a kids workshop on ‘Making Machines that Make Art’ on Saturday 17 August, where participants will be able to develop, make and take home their own art machine.

See Hahndorf Academy website for full details.

Hugo Michell Gallery Open: WORD | A group exhibition featuring text-based work.

Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of WORD, an ambitious group exhibition presenting text-based work from nearly 30 artists.

Featuring: Abdul Abdullah, Roy Ananda, Brook Andrew, Narelle Autio, David Booth [Ghostpatrol], Jon Campbell, James Dodd, Will French, Tony Garifalakis, Lucas Grogan, Kate Just, Anastasia Klose, Sue Kneebone, Alice Lang, Richard Lewer, Sophia Nuske, Nana Ohnesorge, Trent Parke, Philjames, Kenny Pittock, Toby Pola, Tom Polo, Elvis Richardson, Derek Sargent, Paul Sloan, Sera Waters, Gerry Wedd, Min Wong, and Paul Yore.

From raw mark-making to a choreographed line, text allows us to transfer ideas and connect universally. It is a coded form of communication that negotiates language and dialect. WORD presents a library of pithy phrases and sensitive secrets that span the entire gallery.

Please join us on Thursday the 30th of August to celebrate.

See the Facebook event here.

Hugo Michell Gallery Open: James Dodd | Nawurapu Wunuŋmurra

Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of James Dodd’s ‘Miller’ and Nawurapu Wunuŋmurra’s ‘Mokuy’.

The miller is a person who operates a mill, a machine traditionally employed to grind cereal into flour. Milling is one of the oldest human occupations. The mill, in essence, is any machine that processes materials via rotational grinding, crushing or cutting. Mills operate to serve a range of industries and outcomes – in this case -the mill is used to facilitate painting.

James Dodd’s thumbs have been busy operating the joysticks of a remote controller sending signals to a range of cordless drills variously attached to a kind of cobbled together gantry comprised of an old bicycle, roller blades and a variety of aluminium and timber pieces. This is the Painting Mill. Dodd has been working his Painting Mill project through a range of outcomes and presentations over recent years, experimenting with approaches and applications, developing an intimacy with his machine and it’s range of lurches and oscillations. His thumbs correspondingly channel accumulated and inherent understandings of painting substrates, pigments, mediums, viscosity, velocity and momentum.

Nawurapu Wunuŋmurra present’s his latest body of work ‘Mokuy’.

“The mokuy or nanuk (spirits) come in together, Dhuwa and Yirritja to the sacred ground called Balambala, past Gangan, the other side for all the mokuy to get together. The spirits go there and that’s where they make the yidaki sound. It’s like showing Yukuwa (sacred yam emblem) and Morning Star feathers – they are different. Like same goes with yidaki, different sounds for Yirritja and Dhuwa. The Yirritja and Dhuwa play yidaki to call in the Mokuy to the same ground Balambala. The Yirritja mokuy come in on the birds, djilawurr (scub fowl) and bugutj-bugutj (banded fruit dove). The Dhuwa mokuy they come in from rangi side (saltwater).”

Please join us in celebrating these two artists and their latest exhibitions on the 22nd of March!

James Dodd and William Mackinnon, Finalists in Hadley’s Art Prize

Congratulations to James Dodd and William Mackinnon, who have both been selected as Finalists in the inaugural Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart! Australia’s richest landscape prize, it is an acquisitive prize valued at $100,000. Held annually to celebrate painting, printing and drawing, the Prize aims to reconnect with the history of art exhibitions at the Hadley’s Orient Hotel, which was built in 1834.

The 2017 theme is History and Place; the Prize will be awarded to the best portrayal of the Australian landscape which acknowledges the past.

Exhibition opens July 14, where the Winner will be announced. The exhibition will run from July 15 through August.

James Dodd’s ‘Shed Wizard’

Country Arts South Australia has partnered with numerous regional galleries to present Shed Wizard, a touring exhibition by James Dodd. In partnership with Tatiara District Council, Shed Wizard will launch at Walkway Gallery in Bordertown on Saturday, July 1, and will run until August 26. Dodd will exhibit his Painting Mill project as part of the touring exhibition, with a demonstration at Walkway Gallery at 11am on July 2.

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.

Dodd applies radical curiosity and invention to investigations of public space, and 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 art-machines.

Having spent a large period of time immersed in Australia’s street art movement of the early noughties, Dodd pursues a practice that borrows graffiti for gallery outcomes, and hijacks conceptual pursuits for application at the edges of society.

In Shed Wizard, Dodd presents vivid paintings, unusual bicycles, strange machines, and candid videos. The exhibition 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.

Shed Wizard tours to the following galleries on the following dates:

  • Walkway Gallery, Bordertown, from July 1 to August 26

James Dodd announced as Finalist in the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize

Congratulations to James Dodd, who has been selected as a Finalist in the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize!

The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize (BAAP) is an annual prize and exhibition that aims to increase opportunities for participation in Bayside’s arts and cultural program, foster a sense of identity, pride, and place in Bayside through a community event, and enable the acquisition of suitable artworks for the Bayside City Council Art & Heritage Collection. This year the major prize of $15,000 will be awarded to a painting.

Dodd will exhibit a piece from his ongoing Painting Mill series. The Painting Mill prototype was exhibited during CACSA Contemporary 2015, and Painting Mill V.2 was exhibited at Bus Projects in 2016. The exhibition will be held at the Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre Gallery from May 6 until June 18, with the winner announced on May 11.

Dodd, Sloan and Waters in Heysen Prize

Congratulations to James Dodd, Paul Sloan and Sera Waters who have all been selected as finalists in the Heysen Prize for Landscape 2016. Established in 1997 by the Hahndorf Academy, the Heysen Prize commemorates the life and career of renown Australian landscape painter Sir Hans Heysen.

This acquisitive, biennial prize is worth $15,000 and will be exhibited at the Hahndorf Academy from the 8th of October till the 4th of December. The winner will be announced at the launch on Saturday the 8th of October.

For more information, click here.

James Dodd’s Francis St Residency

James Dodd has completed his Adelaide City Library, Francis St Residency. Machines to Save A City is a project born out of Dodds keen ability to engage community and is on display in Francis St from June till August.

“The Adelaide City Library has had a number of artist residencies in the last couple of years. They aim to both engage their community of users, creatively, and develop outcomes that can invigorate their Francis Street entrance (just off of Rundle Mall). Over the next couple of months I will be working together with the City Library on a project that will result in a fantastic cargo tricycle that will make its home in Francis Street between June and August this year. The premise of my project is to engage the notion of ‘Ideas for machines to save a city’ (of which I believe a bicycle may be). Drawings, notes and ideas developed during workshop sessions will form the external embellishment of a structure that will be carried by the machine that I am making.”

You can see more images of the individual Machines to Save A City here