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"Painting, Site-specific Installation, Video: Julian Dashper (NZ), Kyle Jenkins (AUS), Ben Judd (GB)"
2005-04-08 until 2005-05-22
Brussels, , BE Belgium

Works by Julian Dashper (NZ) painting, Kyle Jenkins (AUS) painting & wall painting, and Ben Judd (GB) video are being shown at CCNOA in Brussels until May 22. Since its inception in 1998, CCNOA, a multidisciplinary non-profit exhibition space in Brussels, has organized more then 75 solo and group exhibitions with artists from around the globe. CCNOA focuses on development, production and dissemination of artists' projects in the field of contemporary art, architecture, and media. Located in central Brussels, this 160 square meters ‘white cube’ exhibition space is the brainchild of Petra Bungert, former Head of Administration at New York’s P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and Director of New York-based Petra Bungert Projects (1995-1997).

Arguably one of New Zealand's most known international artists, Julian Dashper has been exhibiting regularly for the past 20 years both nationally and internationally. Crisp, minimal, and clean in look, Dashper's works contain an underlying sense of play and critique. His work frequently subverts the pretences of the art form he works in, by inserting popular culture into it. This has seen him engaged in a range of projects from music publishing, through to an exhibition sponsored by the then Auckland Warriors rugby league team. 'Untitled (The Warriors)' 1998, simply comprising of a customized drum kit, pays homage to one of Dashper's passions, while exploring the rivalry between Australia and New Zealand in art, sport and elsewhere. His work also deals directly with issues of art and being an artist, in particular New Zealand artists and their relationship to wider global art markets and communities. For example 'Untitled (Interviews) 2001-02', which consists of four different interviews with artist, is intended to overwhelm the viewer with artistic gobbledygook. Here Dashper satirizes the intellectual art-speak that often frames much art criticism. Dashper participated in the CCNOA organized travelling group exhibition 'minimalpop' and will present new works at CCNOA in 2005.

Kyle Jenkins' working methodology uses ratios of 1, 3 and 6 which are utilized to make paintings, architectural models, furniture and buildings. The canvas and wall paintings are used in the same way that a plan or design is formulated for the construction of a building, as a blueprint. Such a methodology involves the reduction of visual phenomena to their constituent elements, and the subsequent systematic elaboration of those elements enables an ongoing methodology to be maintained and implemented on each subsequent project.

Jenkins participated in the CCNOA organized travelling group exhibition 'minimalpop' and will present new works at CCNOA in 2005.

Interconnected ideas emerge when viewing the photographic and video work of Ben Judd; personal and public space, the observed and the observer, distance and closeness, the artificial and the natural. Judd's videos seem to operate within artificial spaces, some because of the transitory nature of the space (a station, an airport, and a street), and some because the spaces appear to be copies of an original (animals' terrain within a zoo, and a picture book).

Ben Judd
I Remember (Cindy Sherman)2
Stills from digital video

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