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"John Dahlsen: Renewed"
2004-05-04 until 2004-05-18
D'Ars Studio
Milano, , IT Italy

Thanks partially, to his success at last December's Florence Biennale, John Dahlsen is one of many Australian contemporary artists who are creating a new wave of international interest in Australian artists. This is fuelled by the fact that many artists are out there avidly exploring international markets within which to exhibit and sell their art. Dahlsen said, "For the past year I have been exploring overseas markets in Europe and the USA and was fortunate that my invitation to exhibit at the Florence Biennale, gave me the major kudos I needed to be invited to exhibit in New York. This also set me up for my forthcoming exhibition in Milano, which opens on the 4th of May at the D‚Ars Studio for Contemporary Arts. In fact the D'Ars International Exhibition Service, based in Milan, who secured me for the New York and Milano exhibitions said they are predicting an excited response to my show in Milan. The fact that Milan is seen as the commercial centre of art in Italy and one of the biggest commercial centres of art in Europe for that matter, really helps get my art out there."

Patricia Piccinini is another Australian artist who has been profiled by D'Ars. In one of their most recent arts publication, they featured a lengthy article and review on Piccinini's work at the 2003 Venice Biennale and her work featured on the front cover of the glossy publication, so it seems Australian artists are being treated with real enthusiasm by the Italians which bodes well‚

John T Spike, director of the Florence Biennale, who gave Dahlsen's work at the 2003 Biennale very positive reviews, also attended his exhibition in New York. Based on this Mr Spike is now writing a lengthy critique of Dahlsen's New York show in the summer edition of Art and Antiques. "If it is favourable, this will be of major significance to my work in the international arena." Said Dahlsen "Mr Spike will also be attending my Milano exhibition at the D'Ars Studio, which will all help to increasing my profile really well in Europe and in the US."

"Aside from all this, the reality of dealing with international shows is not for the faint hearted", said Dahlsen. "Understanding what you have to deal with, in order to export your work for international sales and exhibition takes serious consideration."

"For my first major solo show in New York at the beginning of February, I literally had 6 weeks to pack up a large amount of artwork at my studio in Byron Bay, after returning from Florence, and work my way through all the details and red tape of sending it to an international destination." Dahlsen continued,

"As with any art exhibition, the amount of anticipated sales for a forthcoming show is always an unknown quantity, so the financial commitment to send work to international locations is a major decision. Apart from agents fees and gallery costs charged to the artist, and unlike works on canvas, which can be rolled and re-framed at their destination, the transportation of artwork like mine, which includes assemblages and sculptures, has to be carefully and securely crated for the long haul. The crating for my artwork alone was very costly, not to mention the cost of airfreighting. My first consignment to New York was just over 1000 kgs and it was a complicated and involved process to achieve the right price with reliable service, from the various freight companies who quoted."

"The good news is that now I have done the serious hard yards, quite a few of my costs to set up an export market for my work can be redeemable. I am now in a position to put in an application for an export development grant." said Dahlsen. "The local regional arts development officer, Lois Randall from Arts Northern Rivers, was very helpful in putting me in touch with the right Austrade department to assist me in applying for this grant. Artists are serviced by Austrade like any other manufacturer of an exportable product and they provide most of the specific information required by artists to ship their goods." "I am looking forward to heading off to Milano, to get a further insight into how the European art market will respond to my work and hopefully have a bit of a break. When I return to Australia I will be finalising negotiations for a major sculpture commission planned for a prominent location in Sydney‚"

John Dahlsen's solo exhibition in Italy will open on May 4th at Via Sant Agnese, 3 Milano.

Visit John"s work on www.johndahlsen.com Copies of John"s book "Survey" are available to purchase from his website.

John Dahlsen
Blue Rope (Triptych)
Contemporary environmental art wall work, made from found plastic objects, assembled behind perspex. Abstract recycled art created from plastics collected from Australian beaches
165 cm. (h) x 44 cm.(w) each

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