National Exhibition Register

  • Painting Mill (Prototype)
    James Dodd Painting Mill (Prototype), 2015
    MDF, Aluminium, hand drills, fixings
    2400 x 1200 x 1200mm

About the exhibition

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.

EXHIBITION AND TOUR INFORMATION This exhibition will launch in July of 2017 and has a number of South Australian regional venues confirmed as hosts. These include Walkway Gallery, Bordertown; Murray Bridge Regional Gallery; Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa and Yarta Pulti Cultural Centre Gallery, Port Augusta. Venues are currently being sought for dates after March 2018.

Artists and Curator


James Dodd is an Adelaide based artist who regularly exhibits across Australia in artist-run, institutional and commercial contexts. He has a passion for creativity in public regularly works as a facilitator with community and youth groups, often in regional and remote areas. His work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the University of Queensland Art Museum, Artbank and the Gold Coast City Gallery. He is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide.

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/03/2018 - 31/05/2019
Exhibition size
Between 50-75 sq or running metres
Originating state
Contact to discuss
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Exhibition Tour Manual, Installation Support Available, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Public Program Opportunities
Primary contact
Eleanor Scicchitano
08 8444 0425