Moving Through by Kellie O'Dempsey


Photographer: Lois Lim

Photographer: Lois Lim

 

Moving Through
The Arbour, Southbank • Brisbane, Australia
Saturday 27 October 7.30pm & Sunday 28 October 6.30pm 2018
Kellie O’Dempsey • Sound: Michael Dick • Performers: Saara Rappola & Marisa Georgiou
Presented by Flowstate and Metro Arts 

Moving Through is a spirited, site-generated image and sound performance that imagines the intermediate space between this life and the next.

Performance installation artist Kellie O’Dempsey draws on a personal tale that reveals importance of ritual when dealing with death.  Moving Through maps a guided journey of departure and brings the space to life using digital drawing and animated video projection with physical performers and sound.

Participate in a workshop where participants become creators in this multimedia exploration, or join in a discussion as O’Dempsey talks through her process of creating cinematic collage. Moving Through culminates in two stunning and visceral evening performances.

Links
Flowstate Event Page

Moving Through - Kellie O'Dempsey - Image by Thomas Oliver

Performance development – October 2018

Videographer • Thomas Oliver

 
 
 

Dirt and Ash by Kellie O'Dempsey


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Dirt and Ash :: Fiona Fell and Kellie O'Dempsey
20 Oct - 2 Dec 2018 • Opening Night 19 Oct 2018
Lismore Regional Gallery - Gallery 1: The Margaret Olley Gallery • Lismore, Australia
Sound: Michael Dick

Kellie O’Dempsey and Fiona Fell perform Dirt & Ash, an immersive multimedia installation about the relationship between the artist and work of art. Michael Dick (sound artist) performing on opening night.

Exhibition to be opened by: Dr Barbara Bolt, Professor in Contemporary Arts and Culture, Victorian College of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.

Dirt and Ash displays a dynamic exchange between two mid-career artists. Fiona Fell and Kellie O'Dempsey explore the links between artists’ bodies, ceramic sculpture and performance drawing and video, inquiring into the nature of each other’s creative processes. As works are built, stacked, re-formed and incorporated through performance and live drawing the underbelly of their creative practices is exposed.  

Sharing the material relationships of clay and charcoal the shared experience of loss and survival is uncovered (in terms of life and their creative processes). Fiona Fell and Kellie O'Dempsey dramatise their perseverant search for presence, synchronising moments in the studio as performance.

Links
Catalogue // Lismore Gallery

 
 
 

The never-ending line, NGA Play at The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

Kellie O'Dempsey: The never-ending line, NGA Play at The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Saturday 16 June – 28 October 2018
NGA • Canberra, Australia

Kellie O’Dempsey invites you into her living sketchbook, an immersive space of moving marks and dancing lines. Digital projections collide with traditional drawing in a series of dynamic and colourful experiences and creative opportunities. Contribute to the unique drawing journey as you follow the never ending line to shadow puppets, 3D drawing constructions and live animation before getting into the drawing rink for an immersive drawing experience. The never-ending line investigates drawing as a way of collaboration and transformation and features sound elements composed by Michael Dick.

Links 
NGA website
Media - SMH Article // City News Article

 
 

Videographer • Sixth Row

 

Ensemble by Kellie O'Dempsey


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Ensemble
June 2018
Projection on William Jolly Bridge • Brisbane, Australia
For the Brisbane Classic Music Festival

Ensemble was originally created live during a performance featuring members of the Shanghai Chamber Ensemble. Describing two of the violinists, the dynamic and bold brush marks were a direct response to the virtuosity of the musicians playing. This drawing interprets the energy and flow of sound through a fluid and liquid application. It was a direct translation of drawing music in real time.

Photographer: Andrew Willis

 
 
 

becoming becoming by Kellie O'Dempsey


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becoming becoming
13 April - 20 May 2018 • Exhibition Opening 6pm 13 April 2018
Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts • Townsville, Australia
Kellie O’Dempsey • Sound – Mick Dick • Dancers – Dance North Felix Samson and Samantha Hines

Becoming Becoming is a dynamic, site-generated drawing installation that explores transformation. Both a performance and exhibition, Kellie O’Dempsey’s work maps the creative process through video projection and live collaboration, questioning the divisions between public and private through collective experience. For this work she has collaborated with sound artist Michael Dick.

 
 

Links // invitation

 

away and towards by Kellie O'Dempsey


Photographer: Louis Lim

Photographer: Louis Lim

 

away and towards
Valley Metro Shopping Centre • Fortitude Valley, Brisbane - Australia
6 – 7.30pm, 5 October 2017
Kellie O’Dempsey • Sound: Michael Dick • Performers: Marisa Georgiou and Saara Rappola

 
 

away and towards is a collaborative exchange between Kellie O’Dempsey, Michael Dick, Marisa Georgiou and Saara Rappola.

This work is an evolving and fluid encounter and the culmination of a research enquiry into performance drawing as a hybrid and cooperative practice.

Using light, sound, movement and space, the notion of arriving in the present is explored.

Converging at the intersection of the live event and improvisational exchange, away and towards searches for a destination that is always here.

 
 

Photographers: Robyn Mill and Andy Willis • Videographer: Andy Willis

 

Resistance Movement by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

Resistance Movement
Kentler International Drawing Space · Brooklyn, New York
January 15 – February 19 2017
Performance + Opening Reception: Sunday, January 15, 4 – 7pm with sounds by guests
Artists’ Talk and final performance: Saturday, January 28, 4pm with musical guest M.A.N.I.A.C. Empire
Ben Gerstein: Trombone · Mike Pride: Percussion · Jonathan Moritz: Saxophone

 
 

Kellie O’Dempsey (AUS) and Jennifer Wroblewski (NJ) re-imagine the gallery as dance hall, a gathering area where pleasure through movement is the only goal, and where the democratic practice of social dance renders all who enter equal and allied.

Resistance Movement aims to enable a shared experience. Together, artists and audience will bare witness to an evolving work of light, surface and mark. Marks will be analog and digital, made on paper, and projected into the space. We will respond to music, sound, and one another. Performing a dialogue of drawing and sound, in an organized and considered improvisational environment, lines and form will move on, over and through opaque and transparent surfaces. The artists will move around and with the audience, in a drawn game of call and response. Drawing as a record of human movement.

What will remain will be a mapping of performance and cultural exchange. For those present in this Getsumkunstwork or whole artwork, they participate in an unfolding collaboration that is both experiential and inclusive.

Resistance Movement is a 2017 rejoinder to the 1970’s Discotheque, the Cabaret/Kabarret of France and Germany prior to WWII, the rave culture of the 1990s. Underground gathering in all of its forms. Dance as protest. The dance hall as a safe haven.

Drawing is the outcome of the friction of the mark-making element on the surface. Resistance and movement are the requirements of mark.

Resistence Movement Catalouge and Essay by Charlotta Kotik can be found here.

 
 

Photographer · Silvia Forni | Videographer: Gus Frias

 

M16 Drawing Prize by Kellie O'Dempsey

 

M16 Drawing Prize
November 2016

Situated within drawing, collage and performance, retrieving Mikie presents a collision of ink, pastel, pencil and random fragments of reclaimed billboard posters. An artefact of happenstance, this work describes the liveness of a physical performance, the immediacy of the gestural line ruptured by the decay of weathered objects. Recalling a personal encounter with an emergency retrieving Mikie underscores the coincidental and precarious nature of being and time’s induced decay.

Kellie won the CAPO Prize of $1000 for her wall drawing with video projection Retrieving Mickey. The judges were Canberra artist ex DeMedici and Professor Susan Best, Convenor of Fine Art and Art Theory at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

This prize is for drawing in either traditional drawing media and techniques, or non-traditional works that extend understanding of what drawing may be within contemporary art practice.

Kellie O'Dempsey Retrieving Mickey 2016. wall drawing with video projection.

 

LIGHTENING FIELD by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

Lightening Field
BARI (Brisbane Artist Run Initiative) Festival • Warehouse, Teneriffe, Brisbane, Australia
7pm - 10pm, Wednesday 19 October 2016

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BODY-SONIC-DRAWING
PERFORMANCE EXPERIMENT

MEGAN JANET WHITE-LUKE JAANISTE-KELLIE O’DEMPSEY

LIGHTENING FIELD brings together, for the first time, the diverse and fluctuating practices of performance drawer Kellie O’Dempsey, installation butoh artist Megan Janet White and sonic artist Luke Jaaniste in a new collaborative work.

The Laundry Artspace is proud to present the premiere performance of LIGHTENING FIELD as part of BARI Festival, within a disheveled warehouse space in Teneriffe, amongst the grime of disused floors, the grift of recent graffiti, and the darkness of night.

DOWNLOAD THE EXHIBITION CATALOGUE
with essays by Marisa Georgiou and Aishla Manning + Naomi O’Reilly

Kellie O’Dempsey’s drawing practice is hybrid and diverse, incorporating projection, video, collage, architectural space, gestural line, site-specific installation and live art, through which she explores transformational processes through improvisation and happenstance. The performance drawing works invite the audience to engage directly with the visceral process of making. O’Dempsey’s public and private productions aims to enable an inclusive form of cultural interaction via performance and play.

Megan Janet White and Luke Jaaniste are the co-directors of Brisbane-based ensemble Theatre of Thunder. TOT intertwines butoh dance with immersive sound and atmospheric landscape. Raw and ambient sounds propel the body into a state of poetic rupture and transmutation, whilst illuminated smoke-bubble storms make palpable the fluid dynamic between the sound, body, architecture and audience.

This trio of Brisbane artists has half a century of practice between them, and have been featured in major festivals, exhibitions and workshops across Australia and overseas, including Asia Pacific Triennial QAGOMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, White Night Melbourne, MONA FOMO, Draw to Perform Symposium London, dLux, Art After Dark 18 Biennale of Sydney, Prague Quadrennial of Performance and Design, Perspectives on Hijikata Research Collective Japan and hosting international butoh master Kan Katsura. We look forward to experiencing the results of their hothouse fusion.

 
 

Photographers • Aishla Manning • Naomi O'Reilly

 

NRC Silver Jubilee Projections by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

Silver Jubilee - NRCM, Lismore
NRC Silver Jubilee Event • Northern Rivers Conservatorium of Music, Lismore NSW, Commissioned by the Lismore Regional Gallery
15 October 2016

 
 


A creative development & presentation program celebrating the Northern Rivers Conservatorium Silver Jubilee and the stories connected to its historic building.

NRC alumni & teachers, local musicians and community with guest conductor Richard Gill and visual artist Kellie O’Dempsey (presented by Lismore Regional Gallery) exhibited a major multi-artform performance in the grounds of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium 13 – 15 October 2016. The building which houses the Northern Rivers Conservatorium has been in educational use for over 100 years and has great significance to generations of Lismore families.

NRC Silver Jubilee partnered with RealArtWorks “The Building(s) Still Lives” to present THE HOMECOMING, providing an opportunity for the whole community to participate in a free multi-artform event that is about their stories.

Photography by Natsky

 
 

Photographer · Natsky

 

Just Draw – Bathurst by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

Just Draw | Group Exhibition
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
19 August – 2 October 2016
Opening night performance 19 August
Curators: Todd Fuller and Lisa Woolfe

Just Draw celebrates drawing and its many possibilities; performance, multimedia, installation, sculpture, kinetics and robotics. Exhibition curators Todd Fuller and Lisa Woolfe present Australian artists who leverage the possibilities of this deceptively simple medium.

Artists include Connie Anthes, Flatline, Hannah Bertram, John Bokor, Matilda Michell, Kelly O’Dempsey, Catherine O’Donnell, Hannah Quinlivan, Jeremy Smith, Jack Stahel, Grant Stewart, Jane Théau and Paul White.

Opening night performance: 

 
 

Photographer · Todd Fuller

 

unSeen (confined space) by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

unSeen (confined space)
Metro Arts, Professional Development Residency, Brisbane
21 – 27 March 2016
Artists: Sarah Houbolt, Kellie O’Dempsey and Michael Dick

unSeen (confined space) is a project in development filmed at Metro Arts, Brisbane. unSeen is a sensory game of call and response exploring perception and the disparate. Using drawn lines, body gestures, digital projection and sound design, this live getsumkuntswerk or total artwork starts a feedback loop that informs an unwritten script as the artists unite with each other without verbal communication. Together they interrogate the public and the private, and what is seen and unseen within a small space.

 
 

Photograoher and videographer • Fiarrah Poole 

 

TAPE on by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

TAPE on: a temporal collision of line

Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane
24 February 2016

Artists: Vanghoua Anthony Vue and Kellie O’Dempsey

 
 

Interactive performance with the possibility of play.

In collaboration with Vanghoua Anthony Vue, an interactive performance work that integrates the gestural and geometric. Informed by traditional drawing methods, O’Dempsey’s performance drawings respond to movement, and the body in the immediate environment. Vue draws on popular culture, street art, the everyday, DIY ethic, and brings aspects of his Hmong heritage into a contemporary art context. Together these two artists will collide in a conversation of line.

 
 

Photographer and videographer • Vanghoua Anthony Vue

 

A line in the night by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

A line in the night Opening exhibition performance for Just Draw – Newcastle exhibition
Newcastle Art Gallery
Exhibition 6 February – 1 May 2016
Opening event 6 February

Featuring the live drawing performance A line in the night, from 8.00pm, Newcastle Art Gallery will become the canvas for artist Kellie O’Dempsey and musician Mick Dick to collaborate and respond to sound and the immediate environment. In a live performance O’Dempsey will use light and colour to create a new digital drawing work.

Just Draw celebrates drawing and its many possibilities, performance, multimedia, installation, sculpture, kinetics and robotics. This exhibition present Australian artists who leverage the possibilities of this deceptively simple medium.

Australian drawing is alive with dynamic interrogations of its own parameters. It is an enduring medium with a fierce versatility, a medium of democracy, easily accessible in materials and actions.

Drawing offers a conceptual wonderland allowing the practitioner to meander through a broad spectrum of ideas and concepts. From artists whose work could be described as a contemporary take on a classical methodology, to those who nudge the definition of ‘drawing’ beyond the realm of ‘marks on paper’. This survey considers artists works which are so much more than just drawing.

Guest curators: Todd Fuller and Lisa Woolfe

Exhibiting Artists: Connie Anthes, Hannah Bertram, John Bokor, Flatline, Todd Fuller, Matilda Michell, Kellie O’Dempsey, Catherine O’Donnell, Hannah Quinlivan, Jack Stahel, Grant Stewart, Jeremy Smith, Jane Theau, Paul White, Lisa Woolfe

With thanks to the support of project partners:
Newcastle Art Gallery, Bathurst Regional Gallery, Faculty and Students of The University of Newcastle School of Creative Arts, Watt Space Gallery, The Backyard Bus Artist Residency, Newcastle Now, Newcastle Council, NAVA National Association of the Visual Arts The Australian Artists’ Grant is a NAVA initiative, made possible through the generous sponsorship of Mrs Janet Holmes à Court and the support of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts.

 
 
 
 

Photographer · Anna Hill

 

Before I leave (silent) by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

Before I Leave (silent)

POP (Post Graduate and other projects) Gallery, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
16 January 2016

A drawing conversation by Piyali Ghosh (India) and Kellie O’Dempsey (Australia)
Sound by Michael Dick (Australia)

An improvised drawing performance for one night only.

Presented by Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research & Woollongabba Art Gallery

 
 

Photographer and Videographer •  Emma Wright

 

Bomb the Wall by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

Bomb the Wall
Queensland College of Art
Friday, October 2, 2015

KELLIE O’DEMPSEY + FLATLINE (TODD FULLER AND CARL SCIBBERAS)

Visual artist Todd and dancer and choreographer Carl Scibberas in collaboration with Kellie O’Dempsey Bomb the Wall of the Griffith Galleries for the closing of Drawing International Brisbane 2015

 
 

Photographer •  Lisa Kurtz

 

Under Arena - Drawing International Brisbane by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

Under Arena
Exhibition at Spring Hills Reservoir as a part of the Drawing International Brisbane (DIB) Symposium 2015: Ego Artefact, Arena
Spring Hill Reservoirs, Brisbane
30 September, 2015

Artists: Kellie O’Dempsey | Bill Platz | Zoe Porter | Flatline (Todd Fuller And Carl Sciberras) | Velvet Persu

A group of artists engage with performance and drawing to respond to a unique Brisbane landmark. The subterranean Spring Hill Reservoirs and the Old Windmill present a theatrical environment in which live drawing, sound, video and dance coalesce.

Kellie O'Dempsey and Michael Dick, installation view of  Under Arena  2015. Photographer Matthew Loyd

Kellie O'Dempsey and Michael Dick, installation view of Under Arena 2015. Photographer Matthew Loyd

Kellie O’Dempsey: Artist + Curator of the performance art event Under Arena. Opening the Drawing International Brisbane Symposium 2015, Under Arena was an initiative of the Griffith Centre For Creative Arts Research.

Auspiced by Griffith University, Queensland College of Art through the assistance of The National Trust and Brisbane City Council, Under Arena was representative of the artistic interdisciplinary dialects involved in the creation of a lexicon of contemporary performative practise. Michael Dick: Sound artist working in direct response to the action of Kellie O’Dempsey. Michael provides the synaesthetic vehicle from which the art work resonates toward a palpable liminality. You may also notice throughout the soundscape the vocals of performance artist Velvet Pesu.

Taking place on the 30 September 2015 at the historic Spring Hill Reservoir, this conveyance is a subjectively inflected inference of the artistic intent of Kellie O'Dempsey and Michael Dick.

Exhibition images – installation view:

 
 

Documentation • Emma Wright, Simon Marsh, Matthew Loyd

 

Drawn to Experience V2 by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

Drawn to Experience V2
Artists: Gosia Wlodarczak (VIC/Poland), Entang Wiharso (Indonesia), Flatline (NSW), Hannah Quinlivan (ACT), Jaanika Peerna (Estonia/NY), Mar Serinya (Spain), Lugas Syllabus + M.A. Roziq (Indonesia), Robert Andrew (QLD), Nicci Haynes (ACT), Bill Platz (QLD), Kevin Townsend (USA), Jodi Woodward (NSW), Benjamin Sheppard (VIC), Piyali Ghosh (India), Kellie O’Dempsey (QLD)

Curated by Kellie O’Dempsey

QCA Galleries
POP Gallery • 27 Logan Road, Woolloongabba
22 September – 3 October 2015


ANU
ANU School of Art Main Gallery, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences
9 – 31 October 2015

Exhibition catalogue can be found here.

 
 

This survey explored the expansive act of performance drawing—the act and action of drawing, its processes as theatre, line, motion and record, positing drawing within an interdisciplinary platform. The group exhibition consisted of works on paper, digital drawings, video and a live drawing performance. In conjunction with the Drawing International Brisbane (DIB) Symposium (papers from DIB can be found here).. Drawn to Experience V2 also toured to the ANU Gallery, Canberra.

Gosia Wlodarczak,  A Room Without A View — drawing performance Day 5 , 2013, a 17-day drawing performance held in a specially constructed sensory limitation room at the RMIT Gallery, Melbourne. Pigment pen, polymer paint on MDF board, space dimensions: 260 x 340 x 220 cm. Photographer Longin Sarnecki. Image courtesy the artist and Fehily Contemporary, Helen Maxwell and BOXOProjects New York/Joshua Tree

Gosia Wlodarczak, A Room Without A View — drawing performance Day 5, 2013, a 17-day drawing performance held in a specially constructed sensory limitation room at the RMIT Gallery, Melbourne. Pigment pen, polymer paint on MDF board, space dimensions: 260 x 340 x 220 cm. Photographer Longin Sarnecki. Image courtesy the artist and Fehily Contemporary, Helen Maxwell and BOXOProjects New York/Joshua Tree

 
 

Photographer (exhibition) •  Kellie O'Dempsey

 

Bald, Bald Head and Other Stories by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

Bald, Bald Head and Other Stories
The Hold Artspace
27 May – 6 June 2015

Bald, Bald, Head and other stories explores the mythical and romantic relationship between the artist, studio and the muse. Investigating the notions of the public and the private. Kellie O'Dempsey and sound designer Michael Dick will transform and manipulate the gallery space through a playful installation of drawing, video and performance. 

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