Artful Dodger Now Showing
In work like The Survivors (2016, oil on canvas, 55 x 70"), Alex Dodge 01 PT employs a complex new process to explore how technology creates a "digital overlay" over our world and experiences.
Long interested in balancing digital and analogue processes, Alex Dodge 01 PT has created a wonderful new series of paintings for Love May Fail, But Courtesy Will Prevail, his first New York solo show in five years. The exhibition at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery continues through this Sunday, June 5.
Patterns, textures and often joyously psychedelic images literally rise from the canvas thanks to a new process Dodge has been refining recently. It involves building images by stenciling 3D renderings onto canvas using thick oil paint.
“On one hand, I love materials,” Dodge notes in a recent piece in ArtNews. “I love to paint and I love very historical processes. But on the other hand, I have this real desire to understand how to reconcile the digital and the physical.”
After RISD Dodge went on to study coding and electronics at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications program and has since been exploring how technology creates a “digital overlay on top of our experience.”
Now that he has won a fellowship from the Japan-US Friendship Creative Artist Exchange, the Brooklyn-based artist is also looking forward to his 20th trip to Japan for a three-month residency working with traditional Japanese carpenters.
In concurrent shows hosted by alumni Terry Seaman 69 PT and Heidi Seidelhuber 70 PT, Studio 53 Fine Arts in Maine is celebrating the work and legacies of late RISD professors Robert Hamilton 39 PT and Gerry Immonen.
Visiting artist Walton Ford 82 FAV paints stunning pictures alluding to the disastrous impact of humans on the natural world.
Artist Cai Guo-Qiang, photographer Annie Leibovitz and robotics pioneer David Hanson 96 FAV are being recognized at this year's ceremony.