Obesssive Implusion | Canberra Contemporary Art Space | Gorman Art Centre | 27 April to 23 Jun 2018

My work is being shown at CCAS as part of Obsessive Impulsion. Opens tonight 27 April at 6pm!

Huge thankyou to David Broker, Alexander Boynes and Alex Asch.

Obsessive Impulsion curated by David Broker, featuring Jodie Cunningham, Michele England, U.K. Frederick, Ann McMahon, Suzanne Moss

Impulsion is a driving force; the impetus, the motive or influence behind an action or process. Obsessive Impulsion is an exhibition that focuses on desire as it is revealed through the methodologies of five diverse artists. In both concept and technique, each practice reflects an obsessive flamboyance that drives the artists to produce work with an appearance of excess and yet, such are the skills at large, there is no sense of overreach. Jodie Cunningham confesses to being a “chromophile” with an obsession for colour, circles, pattern and “the delights of Perspex”. U.K. Frederick delights in the tensions created between flannel shirts that might have been worn by Kurt Cobain and the abstracted light passing through the fabric in her evocative series of photograms. In the dextrous hands of Ann McMahon, recycled bread bags index domestic ritual through complex colour field weaves that mirror the grid of a thirty-one day calendar. Alarmed at inexorable environmental degradation, Michele England blends activism with domesticity in eccentric works where kitsch household objects carry the “great moral challenge” that faces the planet. Suzanne Moss’s commanding paintings underscore an essentially egalitarian approach to notions of creativity, which she sees as an inestimable force that might seize the author at any moment. Painting, gardening, cooking, doing repairs, for instance, all inspire moments of creativity. Obsessive Impulsion is an exhibition in which each of the artists presents work based on personal obsessions and we, the audience, are able to follow the lengthy, painstaking processes through which they come to realise their ideas.

Text: David Broker CCAS Website

 

 Strength Totems 2017

Strength Totems 2017

 'Talking to the Tax Man About Poetry- Data Portraits’ at Artnotapart 2018

Come and see my  'Talking to the Tax Man About Poetry- Data Portraits’ at Artnotapart 2018. 1-7pm Saturday 17 March, Location: 'Makeshift'  Ground floor Nishi, New Acton.

All works  are for sale on my website  jodiecunningham.com.

'Talking to the Tax Man About Poetry- Data Portraits’ is a body of abstract portraits of eight Canberra artists who are all also arts educators -  it visualises the realities of being a practicing artist in the current global economy using contrasting materials and forms to visualise financial and personal data. For artists it is increasingly difficult to survive and make meaningful work - it has come to a ‘climax’ with the realities of the hardships of  art making and art consumption creating a potential loss of cultural activity and discourse in our society.  The ongoing assumption in our culture that artists should work for free, ‘because they love it’ or because they will ‘gain exposure from it’ contributes to this struggle and prevents sustained investment in the arts by both makers and consumers. The work highlights the tension between our desire as artists to make works with meaningful relationships to the world around us with just trying to make a living and survive. We’re in debt, we’re  balancing creative lives as artists with financial and work pressures. We balance mortgages, meetings, micromanagement, parenting and domesticity with colour, ideas, discourse and intuition.  

Using a survey, two different types of data were collected from the eight artists: demographic data about each artist’s income, employment, family statistics etc., and personality data, including about each artist’s preferences for favourite colours, activities and dreams.   The sculptural works contrast material and form to highlight the financial realities of being an artist - what interests the ‘The Tax Man’ (bureaucracy etc.) is represented with concrete blocks; while the uniqueness and quirkiness of each participant artist -  ‘The Poetry’ (creativity etc.) is represented with coloured perspex and discs. 

The dimensions of each concrete block represents the artists’ total yearly income from all sources - art and other jobs (L), the cost of living (W), and total hours spent working (H). Each block has a recess which represents  these variables for their art practice only.  The ‘poetry’ component of each artist is represented by the towers of perspex discs emerging from the concrete blocks. There are three towers on each block, two represent the artist’s personality and one represents their family and pets. In the two personality towers the size and colour of each disc  corresponds to the answers the artist gave in the personality survey.

The graphic image ‘Competency Assessment Audit Meeting’ is a  two dimensional  representation  of the ’data portrait maps’,  a meetings of the artist/educators, ‘climaxing’ to a crescendo of stress and potential destruction caused by the bureaucratic and financial realities of maintaining a sustainable art practice and fighting for the integrity of arts education in an economic rationalist environment.

Further information at artnotapart.com

 Data Portrait | Bluebells | 2017 | View 1 | Photo-Brenton Mcgehee

Data Portrait | Bluebells | 2017 | View 1 | Photo-Brenton Mcgehee

 COMPETENCY MAPPING AUDIT MEETING | DATA PORTRAITS | DIGITAL PRINT 2017

COMPETENCY MAPPING AUDIT MEETING | DATA PORTRAITS | DIGITAL PRINT 2017

My donation for a great event - CCAS's Annual Fundraiser 'Quickdraw'- 17 Nov 2017

I just dropped off the work 'Ainslie Deco- Pink'  that I donated to the CCAS's Annual Fundraiser 'Quickdraw'- It looks like it's going to be a great night with fabulous artworks for punters to win!

If you would like to come along this Friday 17 November you can buy a guest ticket for $50  or a winning ticket for $250 go to: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/quick-draw-2017-tickets-38648051362#tickets.

From the CCAS newsletter...

Following from the success of last year’s unique fundraiser, Canberra Contemporary Art Space once again invites you to get involved in the fun. Quick Draw is a novel idea where the punter’s names are drawn from a hat and randomly matched with an artwork. There is a small gamble involved, as the price of a ticket buys a work, but no one knows what they will receive until their name is drawn!

This year you have the opportunity to take home an original artwork by some of the Australia's hottest established and emerging artists including: 

Alex Asch, G.W. Bot, Robert Boynes, Mariana del Castillo, Jodie Cunningham, Marie Hagerty, Nicci Haynes, Sanne Koelemij, Waratah Lahy, Rosalind Lemoh, Dan Maginnity, Peter Maloney, Mandy Martin, Katy Mutton, Derek O'Connor, Millan Pintos-Lopez, Dionisia Salas, Erica Seccombe, Bernie Slater, Peter Vandermark, and the list goes on!

All funds raised will go directly to artists exhibiting at Canberra Contemporary Art Space’s Gorman Arts Centre gallery. Artists’ fees have always been a high priority for CCAS, and Quick Draw 2017 will ensure that these fees continue into the future. Comprised by 50 of Canberra's hottest artists in varying stages of their careers, Quick Draw is a fantastic way to get involved and support the Capital's vibrant cotemporary art scene. The event will start at 7pm on Friday 17th of November 2017, and CCAS will provide entertainment and food. However, due to Quick Draw being a fundraising event there will be a cash bar. The 'Winners Ticket'ensures you'll leave with an artwork, however if you'd just like to come for the party a 'Guest Ticket' is also available. Make sure to get in quickly, tickets are limited.

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Undercurrent Design Markets | November 24-26 | National Portrait Gallery

I will be having a stall selling my jewellery (recently rebranded as Lime Flamingo Design) at the Undercurrent Design Markets November 24-26, National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Fri 5-8, Sat & Sun 10-5.

The Undercurrent Design Market showcases an array of contemporary, leading edge Australian-made design treats. Just in time for Christmas, peruse delightful gifts and objects made from a wide range of materials, including ceramics, jewellery, textiles and glass. Avoid the Christmas rush and shop directly with the designers to buy something unique.

https://www.portrait.gov.au/calendar/undercurrent-2017/1576

 

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Shine Dome Reimagined: Opening Sunday 12 November at 4pm

Come and  take a closer look at my work at the  exhibition...

SHINE DOME: REIMAGINED: 12 November 2017: 4:00 pm: EastSpace : 44/40 Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600

Shine Dome: reimagined is a signature DESIGN Canberra exhibition inspired by the spirit of Modernism – a celebration of the creativity and experimentation for which Canberra’s mid-century architecture is acclaimed. Contemporary craft artists and designers were invited to interpret Roy Grounds’ iconic Academy of Science, also known as the Shine Dome or Martian embassy.

Featuring work by: Michael Ashley, Julie Bradley, Zoe Brand, Jodie Cunningham, Sophia Dounoukos, Elizabeth Faul, Sue Hewat, Ruth Hingston, Maret Kalmar, Mary Kayser, Rene Linssen, Jenny Manning, Patricia Parker, Dr Fanke Peng and Cuiyu Yang, Narelle Phillips + Harriet Schwarzrock, Jing Shen, Sophi Suttor, Annie Trevillian, and Daniel Trevino Quiroz,  Jennifer Trimble and Peter Quinn.

http://designcanberrafestival.com.au/event/shine-dome-opening-event/

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'We Dance Together' Graphic Intervention in Civic Square 1-26 Nov 2017

The artwork ‘We Dance Together’  in Civic Square is a collaborative graphic intervention project created for Design Canberra Festival 2017. It is a large scale public artwork painted with brightly coloured chalk paint in the centre of Civic Square, Canberra.

The work was designed by local artist Jodie Cunningham. Jodie is a Canberra based visual artist and maker of objects and jewellery. She has an MFA, UNSW; BFA with University Medal, ANU and was the recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship for the Visual Arts.

A self confessed chromofile Cunningham has an obsession with colour, circles, pattern, symbolism and the delights of perspex. Her perspex objects are vibrant constructions of colour, that play on the qualities of materiality and light. She uses patterns and symbols sourced from local architecture and domestic spaces that explore the containment of time and memory in the membranes of the home and the architecture of our city.

‘We Dance Together’ was painted by Jodie with Geoff and Pete Filmer from Graffikpaint, and volunteer Project Coordinator Sara Edson.

The artwork is an assemblage of abstracted geometric symbols referencing modernist aesthetics,  Canberra’s  iconic architecture – including the Civic Square precinct; and cultural symbols for community, strength and connectivity. It pays homage to the history of Canberra, in particular Mid Century Modernism and the earlier Art Deco period, drawing on patterns and colours from architectural forms and  interior decor.

The artwork invites viewers into the square through the fountain via ‘stepping stones’ of aqua and lime circles and encourages people to dance on its geometric shapes, celebrating the commonalities that bring us together.

http://designcanberrafestival.com.au/event/dance-together-graphic-intervention/