JULIAN DASHPER
(1960-2009)

 

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GALLERY EXHIBITIONS
On Paper, July 9 – August 13, 2016
Neither Here nor There but Anywhere and Everywhere, June 22 – August 11, 2012
MINUS SPACE en Oaxaca: Panorama de 31 artistas internacionales, Multiple Cultural Venues, Oaxaca, Mexico, March 15 – April 30, 2012
Julian Dashper (1960-2009): It Is Life, August 7 – September 4, 2010
Minus Space, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center / MoMA, NYC, October 19, 2008 – May 4, 2009

BIO
Born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1960. Dashper graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland in 1982. He has exhibited widely in New Zealand, Australia, and Europe since 1980. His major New Zealand exhibitions include, Julian Dashper’s Greatest Hits, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, 1992; The Big Bang Theory, Artspace, 1994; and The Twist, Waikato Museum of Art and History, 1998. Much of Dashper’s work concerns the connections between abstract art and popular culture. One of his themes is the reading of international modernism in New Zealand art, and how in New Zealand we know the great modernist works largely through reproduction. Another is the canon – the list of artists regarded by the culture as great. The Big Bang Theory for instance puts the names of major New Zealand regional artists on drumkits, as though they were rock bands. In 2001 Dashper was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and was the artist-in-residence at the Donald Judd Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. Julian Dashper died in Auckland 30 July 2009. (Credit: Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand)

TEXT
Julian Dashper makes concept-based art, which focuses heavily on the conceptual elements of a work of art. While employing a variety of mediums (painting, sculpture, photography, video, readymade objects, and sound) his work reflects a modest, pared-down aesthetic that encourages a more mindful or cognitive art experience. His conceptual practice pursues a global exchange of ideas about so-called international styles (such as pure Abstraction), the reception and dissemination of visual culture, and the re-positioning of what is often considered marginal elements of the artworld (i.e., exhibiting the artist’s complete résumé as a work of art). (Credit: Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa)