Adam Chodzko’s art explores the interactions and possibilities of human behaviour. Working across media, from video installation to subtle interventions, with a practice that is situated both within the gallery and the wider public realm, his work investigates and invents the possibilities of collective imagination through using a poetics of everyday life. By wondering how, through the visual, we might best engage with the existence of others he reveals the realities that emerge from the search for this knowledge.
Chodzko's art proposes new relationships between our value and belief systems, exploring their effect on our communal and private spaces and the documents and fictions that control, describe and guide them. Working directly with the networks of people and places that surround him, often using forms of anthropology, Chodzko focuses on the relational politics of culture's edges, endings, displacements, transitions and disappearances through a provocative looking in the 'wrong' place; a search for knowledge through instability. His art is catalysed by imagining a collapse of the category of Art, requiring not only a new audience but also a new status for the art object. Chodzko’s practice operates in the tight, poetic spaces he evolves between documentary and fantasy, conceptualism and surrealism, and public and private space, often engaging reflexively and directly with the role of the viewer.
Intimate collections and ephemeral communities are frequently generated through his works; assemblies of owners of a particular jacket and a reunion of the children 'murdered' in a Pasolini film; a god look-alike contest; lighting technicians asked to advise on the light in heaven; a London gallery's archive given to a group of Kurdish asylum seekers to edit and hide outside the capital; the multi-faceted Design for a Carnival, the evolution of a ritual event for the future including Settlement, the legal purchase of a square foot of land as a gift to a stranger, Nightshift, a late night parade of nocturnal animals to the Frieze Art Fair, London and M-path, the collection and distribution of perception-changing footwear for gallery visitors. More recently a trilogy science fiction video and mixed media works, Hole, Around and Pyramid, have all explored, the idea of art becoming a vehicle for a community’s collective mythology, whilst Echo, The Pickers and Ghost elaborate these themes through excavating processes of memory, empathy and the imaginary.
Born in 1965. Lives and works in Whitstable, Kent, UK. Since 1991 Chodzko has exhibited extensively in international solo and group exhibitions including: Tate, St Ives; Museo d'Arte Moderna, Bologna (MAMBo); Athens Biennale, Istanbul Biennale, Venice Biennale; Royal Academy, London; Deste Foundation, Athens; PS1, NY; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Kunstmuseum Luzern etc. Recent projects include commissions by Creative Time, New York, The Contemporary Art Society, Frieze Art Fair, and Hayward Gallery.
In 2002 he received awards from the Hamlyn Foundation and the Foundation for Contemporary Art, New York, and in 2007 was awarded an AHRC Research Fellowship in the Film Department at the University of Kent, Canterbury.
His work is in the collections of the Tate, The British Council, The British Film Institute, The Arts Council, APT, Auckland City Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Society Collection, The Creative Foundation, Frac Languedoc-Rousillon, GAM - Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Turin, Grizedale Arts, MAMBo - Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Plains Arts Museum, North Dakota, USA, Saatchi Collection, South London Gallery, Towner Gallery Eastbourne, and international private collections.
Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include:
Kraftwerk Religion. Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden.
September 2010 – June 2011
Here, there, everywhere Towner Gallery Eastbourne, 9 October - 27 March 2011
Neue Alte Brucke, Frankfurt. March 28th – May 2011
Loophole to Happiness.
Muzeum Sztuki Lodz, Poland
27 January -
27 March 2011
Futura Centre for Contemporary Art Prague
AMT Projects Bratislava
September - October 2011
Made in Britain (British Council)
Sichuan Provincial Museum, Chengdu 17 December 2010 – 20 February 2011
Xi’an Art Museum 8 March – 10 April 2011
Hong Kong Heritage Museum 29 June – 9 October 2011
Suzhou Art Museum 20 October – 8 January 2012
In the Belly of the Whale, Cartel, May 27th - July 16th 2011
(curated by Rosie Cooper and Ariella Yedgar)
A Fire in the Master's House is Set, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff. 4 July – 4 September 2011
(curated by Simon Morrissey)
Outrageous Fortune: artists remake the tarot
(Focal Point Gallery/Hayward Gallery Touring. Curated by Andrew Hunt).
Focal Point Gallery, 4 July to 27 August 2011then touring to various UK venues 2011/2012.http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/hayward-gallery-and-visual-arts/hayward-touring/future/tarot
Project for Esopus magazine, NY; July 2011
Something in the Water. A Search for the Turn of the Backwash.
The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada, November Nov 14th- December 9th 2011
Atelier Interaction Residency Programme UK-Japan, Beppu 2012/2013
Forthcoming project commissions by:
Art and Sacred Spaces
Art and the Underground.