Artist Feature – Jodee Knowles

Perth Artist Jodee Knowles hits the big time!

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Above: Jodee Knowles working on one of her pieces.

Below: Work by the artist.
Medium: Ink on paper.
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2009 is set to be a big year for West Australian Artist Jodee Knowles, with a slew of new projects set to unravel as the year progresses.

Knowles’ artwork explores extreme experiences where fear and obsession collide. Her fascination with people’s mannerisms, focusing on the negative, manifest to create her works which concentrate on the visual affecting sadness and ‘blankness.’  She says ‘it is the nothingness within the work that gives it everything.’ And it certainly appears that everything she is doing is right! Knowles has recently gained a fan in popstar Pink, with her work appearing in four scenes of the singer’s music video ‘Please don’t leave me.’ Exposure such as this, although epic for a girl from Perth, is simply one mark on a long list of triumphs that are currently unfolding for the artist.

Next on the list is her commission to paint the large-scale Western Power/ Artrage building on Roe Street in Northbridge. The wall will host a brand new gallery space for Perth and is going to be part of a launch for the light box exhibitions through Artrage. It is the first project of its kind in W.A. and more information is yet to be released so watch this space.
Over the years Knowles has had her work appear in many group shows, however it is the time in her career for a solo debut. Her solo exhibition will take place in the hip Sydney suburb of Surry Hills in April and she will be opening a new gallery space with her large-scale black and white works as well as displaying an instillation piece for those lucky enough to be attending the event. In true home grown style, Knowles has commissioned a Curtin University student designer to create a small collection of garments which will feature her signature characters on fabric to accompany the work on show. For those who are attending, the resident DJ Solo Andata will be playing the tunes and having recently arrived back from New York after their music was used for the latest Calvin Klein ‘Obsession’ advertisement, it is clear that the cool attract the cool.
Another knotch on her palette is the recent completion of a portrait for Bryan Adams, who as a result of the experience will be featuring Knowles in his German magazine – Zoo (which is NOTHING like our Australian glossy of the same name.) The issue will be available throughout Germany soon and I am sure you will be able to get your hands on a copy by asking the staff at Borders to kindly order you a copy.

Back home in Perth, high fashion boutique Dilettante, will be using its massive window space to allow local artists to interpret the current collections, of which Knowles will be a part. This project is under wraps until it is on show, however SV got the exclusive that Knowles will be covering the entire boutique floor space in grass and burning her artworks into the surface. Personally, I cannot wait to see what she comes up with.

And if you think by now that you’ve heard it all, well you’d be mistaken, for Jodee Knowles will be part of a group show that will be taking place in July at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. The Crazy 4 Cult 3-D opening will be on July 16th this year and is the follow-up to the most successful show in Gallery 1988 history – with the brand fast becomming an L.A. art scene phenomenon. For 2008’s Crazy 4 Cult 2 exhibition, over 3000 people lined up for the opening reception, spanning almost 3 blocks and selling pieces to the likes of hosts Kevin Smith & Scott Moiser, Pete Wentz & Ashlee Simpson, Jonah Hill, Michael Rappaport and Jason Biggs.

Crazy 4 Cult 3-D exhibition 2009 looks at the artist’s inspiration of classic cult films where its characters, icons, vibes and scenes are implemented into each of the artist’s own styles. This show is going to be huge for Knowles and Perth should be proud to have her as our own.

Not that she needs it at all – I wish her much success for the future!

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To see more of Jodee Knowles’ work visit www.jodeeknowles.com

08-02-2009

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