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Harry Dodge: Works of Love

January 17 – April 14, 2019
Tisch Family Gallery

*Opening Reception: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Harry Dodge: Works of Love features a selection of recent sculptures, drawings, and videos by Los Angeles-based artist Harry Dodge that reflect Dodge's evolving interests in the fast-moving, ethically-charged field of robotics and machine intelligence as it interweaves with questions of desirous matter and intersubjectivity, or what French poet and philosopher Édouard Glissant called "consenting not to be a single being." Informed by Glissant's writing, as well as other established and emergent writings on social theory and science studies, Dodge's work is attuned to being as manifold, constructed, and contingent. In this exhibition, Dodge toys with reframing relationality-in-general as practices of love, a kind of being-with that does not exclude the nonhuman. As feminist philosopher and critical theorist Judith Butler explains: "I am not only already in the hands of someone else before I start to work with my own hands, but I am also, as it were, in the 'hands' of institutions, discourses, environments, including technologies and life processes, handled by an organic and inorganic object field that exceeds the human. In this sense, 'I' am nowhere and nothing without the nonhuman."

First presented in part at JOAN, Los Angeles, Harry Dodge: Works of Love features sculptural assemblages composed of disparate objects and materials such as resin, plywood, aluminum, and cast bronze. At the Tufts University Art Galleries, these newest works will be joined by recent drawings and videos to present Dodge's broader practices and concerns to a wider audience. Harry Dodge: Works of Love will be accompanied by a brochure featuring new text by Fred Moten and interview with Dodge and Dina Deitsch, Tufts University Art Galleries Director and Chief Curator.

About the Artist:

Since the early 1990s, Dodge has been a pioneer in video, sculpture, drawing, performance, screenwriting, film, and DIY community-making. Dodge holds an MFA from Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College and is permanent faculty of the School of Art at California Institute of the Arts, Program in Art.

Harry Dodge: Works of Love is organized by Dina Deitsch, Director and Chief Curator, Tufts University Art Galleries, Medford, MA, with by Adam Marnie and Rebecca Matalon, JOAN, Los Angeles.