Someone is moving house; Chewing gum sticks to the bottom of a shoe; A fight breaks out; "Excuse me waiter, there's an eye in my soup!"; on the 9th tee, dead drunk, he made a 'hole in one'; as the smoke from her cigarette becomes a cloud drifting out over her window sill garden.
Chris Dolman’s solo exhibition Good Grief! and other Calamities, sees the artist continue on his tragicomedy search for self with a new series of paintings and ceramic objects. Taking on elements from the comic grotesque, and using slapstick and self-deprecating humour, Dolman creates absurd yet poetic narrative moments within the mundane situations of daily life. Blurring memories of real events with invented scenarios, the exhibition takes a light-hearted look at grief, anxiety and the accidents just waiting to happen to us all…Be careful not to trip on your way out.
Chris Dolman completed a Master of Fine Art (research) at Sydney College of the Arts in 2016, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with first class Honours from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne in 2010. Dolman has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Dyason Bequest from the Art Gallery of New South Wales (2016); Australian Post Graduate Award from Sydney University 2014; ArtStart (2013) and New Work early career (2011) from the Australia Council for the Arts; and the Wallara Travelling Scholarship from the Victorian College of the Arts (2009). Past solo exhibitions have been presented at Fontanelle, Adelaide; MOP Projects, Sydney; MARS Gallery, Melbourne; FELTspace, Adelaide; Wellington St Projects, Sydney; Alaska Projects, Sydney; and West Space, Melbourne. Group exhibitions include: Weird Ceramics (2016), curated by Simon Gregg, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria; Interiors/Exteriors (2016), Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Sydney; Project 16: The Agency of Things (2016), curated by Kent Wilson, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne; Biggie Smalls (2015), Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney; Exploring BigCi (2015), Hawkesbury Regional Gallery; Glazed and Confused, Ceramics in contemporary art practice (2014), Hazelhurst Regional Gallery; and Perpetual Horizon (2014), Turner Gallery, Tokyo. His work is in the collections of Artbank, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and Wallara Asset Management. In 2017 Dolman will undertake artist residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and at Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium. Past awarded residencies include: Bundanon Trust, BigCi, Ceramic Design Studio Gymea, and The Prop Room St George Institute of TAFE. In 2015 Dolman created and ran the project gallery TWENTY THIRTY SEVEN. Chris Dolman first exhibited at Galerie pompom in 2016 in the group exhibition Solid Gold Easy Action II. Good Grief! and other Calamities is his first solo exhibition with the gallery.