Johnnie Dady - An Uncertain Object

For this new exhibition Johnnie Dady has fabricated improbable yet commonplace objects, things that just might work, or failing that, be returned to the scrapheap of invention.

Art Exhibition previously on at Anna Pappas Gallery in Victoria, Australia.
From Thursday 12 May 2011 to Tuesday 07 June 2011
Launch Wednesday 11 May 2011, 6pm - 8pm. RSVP 5 May

Barrow, 2010 image Barrow, 2010 image Tape Work, 2010 image Tape Work image

Published by anonymous on Saturday 30 April 2011.
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Barrow, for instance may well be a chair or a barrow, but it might also be a remodelled Duchampian readymade. According to the artist: “The works are proposals or prototypes for things I imagine, but somehow they avoid being useful”. Unsteady creations they may be, but Dady’s work is grounded in the Modernist principles of old, its love of invention and irreverence to the fore.

In his previous bodies of work Dady had taken to building faux antique furniture from nothing but humble corrugated cardboard sheets. Much like Picasso in his halcyon Cubist period, Dady plays with our sense of perception and reality. His third solo exhibition at Anna Pappas Gallery, An Uncertain Object will run from 11 May to 7 June, 2011.

About Johnnie Dady Johnnie Dady was born in England in 1961, and currently lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia. Dady completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Sculpture at Maidstone College of Art, England in 1983 and a MVA at the University of South Australia in 1996. He is currently a Ph.D candidate at the University of South Australia. Dady has exhibited widely across Australia, including recent solo exhibitions, Johnnie Dady at Greenaway Art Gallery, South Australia (2008) and Drawing/Scuplture at Anna Pappas Gallery (formally Über Gallery), Melbourne in 2007. Recent group exhibitions include The New New at CASCA Contemporary, South Australia (2010), Quiet Reader at Adelaide Central Gallery, South Australia (2010), and Baseless Propositions, S.A.S.A Gallery, University of South Australia (2009). Dady has also exhibited with Anna Pappas Gallery in NEXT, Chicago Art Fair (2009) and in the Hong Kong International Art Fair (2008). This will be Dady’s third solo exhibition with Anna Pappas Gallery. Dady is represented by Greenaway Art Gallery, South Australia and Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne.