Harry Dodge is an American sculptor, performer, video artist, and writer, whose interdisciplinary practice is characterized by its explorations of relation, materiality, and the unnamable with a special focus on ecstatic contamination. His solo and collaborative work has been exhibited at many venues nationally and internationally, including New Museum’s 40th anniversary exhibition TRIGGER
; recent solo show Mysterious Fires
at Grand Army Collective (Brooklyn); Selections from the Permanent Collection
at MOCA (LA), and Living Apart Together: Selections from the Collection
at Hammer Museum (LA), as well as, the 2008 Whitney Biennial; a solo show entitled, Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy
at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in 2013; and Hammer Museum’s 2014 Biennial, Made in L.A. Dodge’s work is in collections including Museum of Modern Art (NY), Museum of Contemporary Art (LA), Hammer Museum (LA) The Inner Reality of Ultra-Intelligent Life
, a solo show at Pasadena’s Armory Center for the Arts, followed 2015’s solo exhibition, The Cybernetic Fold
at Wallspace, NY. Recent group exhibitions include: Concrete Island
at VENUS LA, The Promise of Total Automation
at Kunsthalle Wien Austria; a three-person show at London’s The Approach Gallery, Triples: Harry Dodge, Evan Holloway and Peter Shelton
; Routine Pleasures,
a show organized by Michael Ned Holte at the MAK Center in Los Angeles; and a group show, Protuberances,
curated by Jess Arndt and Catherine Taft at LAX Art.
Dodge conducted an interview with artist MPA, Mourning the Earth, which was posted at BOMB Magazine; the interview with Dodge (by Carrie Kellerby) is here. A section from a Dodge’s short story entitled High Five for Ram Dass was included in pamphlet/zine, Night Papers 8, organized by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer and Kate Wolf. A long essay about fluidity, specificity and indeterminacy, River of the Mother of God: Notes on Indeterminacy v.2, was initially made available in conjunction with Dodge’s contribution to the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. (2014).
In the early 90s, Dodge was one of the founders of the now-legendary San Francisco community-based performance space, The Bearded Lady, which served as a touchstone for a pioneering, queer, DIY literary and arts scene. During that time Dodge also wrote, directed, and performed several critically-acclaimed, evening-length, monologue-based performances, including Muddy Little River (1996) and From Where I’m Sitting (I Can Only Reach Your Ass) (1997). In the latter part of 90s, Dodge co-wrote, directed, edited and starred in (with Silas Howard) a narrative feature film, By Hook or By Crook, which premiered at Sundance in 2002 and went on to garner five Best Feature awards. From 2004 to 2008, Dodge was half of a renowned video-making collaboration with artist Stanya Kahn.
Dodge holds an MFA from Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College and is permanent faculty of the School of Art at California Institute of the Arts, Program in Art.