Dani Dodge Creates Timely Work Focused on our Nation’s Fears

Dani Dodge Creates Timely Work Focused on our Nation’s Fears

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dani Dodge | Afterfear

Solo Exhibition

HB Punto Experimental

2151 Logan Ave. Section B (alley entrance) San Diego, California

Opening reception: December 10, 2016 6 to 9 p.m.

On view December 10, 2016, to February 11, 2017

 

(San Diego) – Dani Dodge’s work confronts emotion. It invites people to write, to burn, to tear, to throw. It requires participants to reveal. “Afterfear” is an installation created from the ghosts of her exhibitions past.

Visitors are invited into a room to witness the remnants of fear, and contemplate, who are these residual ghosts? Are they us?

Dodge is a Los Angeles installation artist. Her work often incorporates interactive elements that require participants to reveal personal truths, and in doing so recognize our shared human frailties. She has burned people’s fears, thrown people’s burdens into the ocean, and typed people’s sins for the purpose of posting them publicly.

As part of shows in the past year, Dodge had invited people to tear the wallpaper off the walls and write their fears upon the scraps. Dodge burned those fears. What remained on these walls were abstract designs as deeper and deeper scraping revealed earlier and earlier vintages of wallpaper.

In “Afterfear,” the gallery walls will be covered with the remains of this torn vintage wallpaper, which has also been desecrated with graffiti. Other walls in the gallery will be built with glass bricks that encase the ashes of the fears burned in previous exhibitions.

Visitors to HB Punto Experimental will be invited to walk through these remains to a blank wall in the back. But to get there, they must navigate over and around a garden of totems—both abstract and figurative—which represent emotions explored in previous shows, including

burdens, sins, and failure. Dodge creates these totems from the antithesis of traditional red cedar: Styrofoam discards.

Once visitors reach the blank wall, they will write down what haunts them on slips of wallpaper and glue them to create a new wall. This new art, a creation of people’s specters, will be used again in a future exhibition.

“If we can never extinguish our fears, we have to learn to live among them,” Dodge said.

Dodge’s work is part of three museum collections, and she has solo shows scheduled in 2017 at the New Museum Los Gatos in Los Gatos, Calif., the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, Calif., and A.I.R Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.  http://www.DaniDodge.com

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Author

Kristine Schomaker is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles. For over 14 years she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world. Whether virtual or physical, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence. Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her virtual persona, Gracie Kendal. Kristine then documents her experiences on her blog. In 2012, exploring ideas of community, Kristine turned a local gallery into a modern day creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon of the 1920’s with a live mixed-reality dinner party merging the physical world with the online virtual world. Over the summer she also performed The Bald and the Beautiful in which she had her head shaved as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty. Currently, Kristine is working as an Artist-in-Residence through the Linden Endowment for the Arts creating an immersive virtual environment which she is planning to bring into the physical world via sculpture/public art work.

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