At first glance, Dodge’s exhibitions may seem sparse or unelaborate. In fact, the objects presented are carriers of action in processes that are often staged over a long period of time. His works usually consist of objects that are familiar from everyday life, and a title. The gap between the two evokes a story – possibly something that really happened, possibly a fiction – thus referring to the poetic potential of reality.
Yet with all his references to what is absent and hidden, Dodge has an unmediated affinity to things, to their presence in space. He lets us partake of his fascination with how things circulate, how they are charged with value or not, how they are infected by the events in which they play a role. However, Dodge also has a penchant for poetry, for music, for craftsmanship, for natural phenomena (weather, light, air currents) and a lively interest in how the personality of a person is reflected in their things and their living environment, the place that people take in life and how they got there.
Following the most recent solo exhibitions in the Kunstverein Hannover, 2010, and in the Kunstverein Nürnberg, 2012, this is the artist’s first exhibition in Austria.
Jason Dodge, born 1969 in Newton, Pennsylvania, lives in Berlin
Head of project: Stella Rollig
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