Exhibition

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

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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.

See more on the NGA website

 
 
 

becoming becoming by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

becoming becoming
13 April - 20 May 2018 • Exhibition Opening 6pm 13 April 2018
Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts • Toowoomba

Dancers from 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.

 
 
 

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.

 

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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Falls Festival 2014 by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

THE KELLIEO COLLECTIVE
Falls Festival • Byron Bay
December 2014

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Art Camp at Falls Festival 2014 Kellie O’Dempsey with collaborating campers …….. developed, painted and installed 100 metres of crazy hand gestures gripping a long black line on hessian. This massive painting/fencing surrounded the Falls Art village.

 
 
 
 
 

IS THIS ART? V2 by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

IS THIS ART? V2
Artreal Gallery, NSW
6 August 2014, from 6-8pm

Presented by dLux MediaArts in association with Artereal Gallery

Artereal Gallery and dLux MediaArts are proud to present the Second Screening of IS THIS ART? – a quarterly screening program of moving image works, curated by Rhys Votano of dLux MediaArts.

This program will link art audiences with exciting new works by emerging creative practitioners and will incorporate video artworks by established contemporary artists from the Artereal stable. Audiences will benefit from an opportunity to revisit well-known and new works by established contemporary Australian video artists, as well as discover the latest works by emerging practitioners.

Artists: David Asher Brook, Em Hicks, Kellie O’Dempsey, Shoufay Drez, Shivanjani Lal, Nina Ross, Kieran Gilfeather, Brigette Lucas, Grant Stewart, David Greenhalgh, Miniature Malekpour

Dis/close

Dis/close
Kellie O’Dempsey
2014, Digital video, 4:23 minutes (performance photograph)

This work aims to discuss the relationship between the individual and the constant manipulation of facts by the media and governing political powers, which appear to conceal l and blindfold the populace. In silence, through a game of reveal and conceal, the environment and the appearance of an individual is transformed through digital drawing exposing the head of a man in disquiet and contemplation. The hand drawn, pixelated lines consistently uncover, redefine and blur what is actually available to us. Through the process of drawing as enquiry I identify and investigate the interconnected experience of human engagement. Using the Tagtool (live digital drawing and animation device) I aim to translate those elements into a drawn video work that allows an authentic process of collaboration and improvisation. The outcome, a strange, poetic intervention of the digital drawing that uncovers, confuses and transforms an isolated man.

Describing her work as a Performance Drawing practice, O’Dempsey aims to enable an inclusive form of cultural interaction via interdisciplinary performance and play. Hybrid in form, O’Dempsey’s practice incorporates projection, video, collage, architecture, gestural line and digital drawing. Investigating notions of transformation and the uncanny, she collaborates with performers combining hand drawn marks with digital projection and live animation. Experimental and emergent, O’Dempsey invites the audience to engage directly with the visceral process of making.

 
 

Photographer and Videographer • Kris Garner

 

A General Map of Caves by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

A General Map of Caves
Hawksbury Regional Gallery
18 April – 15 June 2014

Find the Opening Night Responsive Performance here.

Five artists who convey through drawing a unique interpretation and palpable connection to their subject. The artworks faithfully recount a journey into their world and remain as a record of the vast and intimate territories and the physical and psychological spaces they have encountered. The cave is a metaphor for the abyss, the deepest recesses into the artist exploration and the map an invitation to the void in which the viewer is free to invest. New and existing works by Locust Jones, Talitha Kennedy, Catherine O’Donnell and Kellie O’Dempsey. Film by Matt Creswell, performance by Tanya Voges.

Tanya Voges’ performance at the Art Shed, BigCi. Projections by Kellie O’Dempsey.

Tanya Voges' performance at the Art Shed, BigCi

For more information and more video clips, check out http://bigci.org/new-news/

 
 
 
 
 

Falls Festival 2013 by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

THE KELLIEO COLLECTIVE
Falls Festival • Byron Bay
December 2013

Art Camp at The Fall Festival 2013 Kellie O’Dempsey with collaborating campers …….. developed, painted and installed 100 metres of crazy hand gestures gripping a long black line on hessan. This massive  painting/fencing surrounded the Falls Art village.

The collective consisted of Kellie O’Dempsey, Kris Klein, Kate Hallen, Dan McDonald (Gough), Matt Murchie, Emma Gardner, Beccy Bubbles and David Rousell.

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JADA Jacaranda Drawing Prize by Kellie O'Dempsey


 
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2012 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award
Grafton Regional Gallery
26 October - 2 December 2012

Kellie O’DEMPSEY  Act 1  2012, mixed media on paper, digital projection, 200cm x 140cm

Kellie O’DEMPSEY Act 1 2012, mixed media on paper, digital projection, 200cm x 140cm

Through the act drawing I converse and perform with public space and sound. Drawing is my dialogue. I spontaneously translate my immediate experience into line, form and gesture. Incorporating new media projections into a mix of live image making an elemental dimension has been realized. My drawings have begun to breathe.

Act 1 is a part of my ongoing oeuvre of drawing musicians in the motion of performance. The communion between the figure of the Double Bass player and his instrument resonate in its absence. That transformational space in between is the potential liminal zone of experience.

Through a live drawing enquiry I identify and investigate the interconnected experience of human engagement and translate these elements into drawn works. For me, performance drawing is an immediate means of response that allows an authentic process of collaboration and improvisation.

This practice enables the possibility of an inclusive form of cultural interaction, which incorporates the artist, the act of drawing as performance and the audience.

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Art Singapore by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

Art Singapore 2011
18 – 20 November 2011

Retrospect Galleries is excited to be travelling to Singapore for it’s first International Art Fair (hopefully the first of many!). We have incredible work from 19 of our favourite artists bringing a colourful of Australia to the art loving community in Singapore.

 

Drawn Together by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

Drawn Together
September 2011
Retrospect Galleries • Byron Bay

This exhibition demonstrates the dynamics of a collaborative process
built on a trust forged over 2 years of fortnightly drawing sessions
comprising of Rene Bolten, Hilary Herrmann, Kellie O’Dempsey, James
Cruickshank and Michelle Dawson. They work in turn on each others
artwork or collectively on one piece. Often it is hard to discern who is
responsible for any given part of the whole. It is as though the five
very different ways of seeing and mark-making have created a 6th artist.

See the the exhibition at Retrospect Galleries, and further information on the Byron Bay blog

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Drawn Forth by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

Drawn Forth
15 - 28 July 2011
Opening 6pm Friday July 15
Retrospect Galleries Queensland • Gold Coast

The very act of drawing is when an artist is at his/her most vulnerable. It is the most pared back, spontaneous and intimate of all the visual art forms.  Its’ simplicity belies the fact that in the act of drawing there is nowhere to hide. In this extraordinary exhibition  over twenty of our best drawers demonstrate the extraordinary length and breadth of this exquisite form of art.

To ‘draw’ implies everything the word stands for: to pull or to drag or to draw forth, as from the earth, a vein, or well. Lance Esplund, Chief critic New York Sun.

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Dirt Road Blues by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

DIRT ROAD BLUES
21 April - 10 May 2011
Opening 6pm 21 April
Retrospect Galleries • Byron Bay

Retrospect Galleries presents DIRT ROAD BLUES , an exhibition that ponders, reflects and portrays Bob Dylan in all of his glory. In this group show, artists respond to the legacy of his incredible lyrics and music. The multifarious works range from lyric interpretations right through to portraits of the great man in performance mode.

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The Rick Amor Drawing Prize by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

The Rick Amor Drawing Prize 2010
Art Gallery of Ballarat

Rick Amor, one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, has sponsored a competition for small drawings at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. This inaugural exhibition of nearly 80 works was selected from more than 600 entries submitted.

 Kellie’s charcoal drawing on paper Mutable collage #3 was shortlisted from the numerous entries.

 
Kellie O’Dempsey  Mutable collage #3  2010, charcoal on paper, 6mm x 40mm.

Kellie O’Dempsey Mutable collage #3 2010, charcoal on paper, 6mm x 40mm.

Resonance by Kellie O'Dempsey


 

Resonance – Kellie O’Dempsey Live
Retrospect Galleries • Byron Bay, Australia
May 2010

Easter weekend 2010, Retrospect Galleries presented Kellie O’Dempsey, live and in exhibition.

Renowned for her live drawing performances, Kellie has amassed an amazing collection of drawings and paintings of musicians, dancers, actors and other performers in action, all around the world.

In this show she presented highlights of her work at a decade worth of music gigs and festivals, from small town shows to major international events.

Some of our favourites included Tex Perkins at Repentance Creek, Jack Johnson at East Coast Bluesfest, and The Kills, trans-Atlantic rock-n-roll duo at Benicassim in Spain.

 

 
 
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