Shed Wizard 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 including social and political resistance; adventure and risk; and the hand-made contraption as a magical art device.
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. (Toured by Country Arts SA).