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exhibited the piece dry at Embassy
Tea Gallery, Southbank, London in 'Shades of Yellow' exhibition.
dry is the title for a series of
experiments based within one concept. The idea literally stems
from the notion of an 'idea' - seemingly the grounding of any
piece of art, an ideal creation in someone's head.
But at the point of which this idea
is communicated, does the ideal transmute?
Is a completely autonomous
The experiments challenge the
connotations of the colour white, a colour commonly associated with
purity, cleanliness and light. There is specific focus on the action
of a performer applying layers of white paint to a surface, of which
Ross and Lloyd did for the duration of the private view of 'Shades of Yellow'
exhibition. The surface is then left in a transitional state - dripping
and oozing in layers of gloopy white paint. The paint inevitably
dries, leaving a protruding abstract and solidified form - a glimpse of
dry questions the space between the barriers of familiarity and
association. Perhaps there is a state of originality that we, as humans, cannot
comprehend. We are always trying to find the perfect form, the
ideal, the new idea - but in reality we are just adding
more white paint to the white wall to, ultimately, dry.
dodo is an art/performance practice
that questions the purpose of art and what it is to be
creative. Having a playful and experimental practice allows us to
explore subjects such as communication, autonomy and the placement of art
in modern society. dodo aims to approach work in terms of pure creativity.
If you're still confused...
No it's not, it's a word.
dodo is an idea communicated in the form of a word - a word with
familiar connotations of an extinct bird, a word made of two letters from
an alphabet of twenty-six, a word which can be read ambiguously, a word which
can aspire to a positive repeating of a do action.
So, it is an idea of seeing something in a
With an idea being defined as a "thought or
suggestion as to a possible course of action", dodo proposes a questioning of
whether it is truly possible to be creative. In this respect, dodo seeks a
different way of seeing creativity.
Communicating the idea is important then?
Exactly, the nature of an ideas existence
completely transforms once it has been shared and thus loses its purest form.
An idea - dodo, blossoms and takes flight, (pardon the cliché), when found and
shared by others. We need to share to exist. This forms dodo's understanding of
creativity anyway. The idea literally stems from conversations Ross and Lloyd
have had based around the purity of ideas and creativity, a conversation that
dodo is a collaborative practice created out of
conversations between two recent graduate practitioners, Ross Mason and Lloyd
Smith. They want it to remain that way, an on-going conversation, with
potential for further collaborations. They currently live and work in East
Anglia and have recently exhibited in London.