Adam Chodzko

Hy-phae reach their deltoid girdle

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Year 2020
Medium Ink, pastel, and crayon on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm
Top pick Aaron Cezar, Director of Delfina Foundation

About the work

This is a drawing about a series of networks, entanglements, and meshes trying to intertwine. From roots, mycelium, and neurones to vast amounts of extracted personal information accumulating in data lakes. The drawing weaves various movements, shapes and colours of pigments in a way which is not so much diagrammatic but is the trace of a process, uncovering the connections between those apparently distinct ecologies. I was also thinking about a rapid chain of events: reaching for ‘forbidden fruit’, something sticking in the throat, sudden shame catalysing the response to create. Somehow there are also ciphers, Mary Douglas’s Purity and Danger, an Arthur Rackham illustration of a witch snared in a briar and a title which sounds like the name of a dub album.

About the artist:

Born in 1965 in London, Adam Chodzko lives and works in Whitstable, Kent. Graduated from BA History of Art at University of Manchester (1988), and MA Fine Art at Goldsmiths (1994).

Chodzko explores the interactions and possibilities of human behaviour by investigating the space of consciousness between how we are and what we might be. 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 invents possibilities for collective imagination, wondering how we might perceive better in order to create better connections with others? What might we be becoming?
Working between documentary and fantasy, conceptualism and surrealism and public and private space Chodzko engages reflexively with the viewer; the work appears to ‘make itself’ through the act of looking.  His practice turns everyday personal experience into ‘science fictions’ or ‘speculative fictions’ following a path in the present towards its alternative realities, its hyperstitions.

His work is held in public and private collections including Tate, The Arts Council, Contemporary Art Society Collection, MAMBo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Saatchi Collection, South London Gallery, and Wellcome Collection. 

Selected exhibitions include The Botanical Mind, Camden Art Centre, London (2020); Towner International, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne (2020); Being Human, Wellcome Collection, London (2019-’30); Televistas, More Than Ponies, New Forest (2020); Die Sonne does not shine like Słońce, Trafostacja Sztuki, Szczecin (2020); Because…,Tate Britain, London (2013); Proxigean Tide, Tate, St Ives (2009); We are Ready for your Arrival, Raven Row, London (2013); Adam Chodzko, Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bologna (MAMBo) (2009); and You’ll See, This Time It’ll Be Different, The Benaki Museum, Athens (2013). 

Awards include those received from Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Art New York, AHRC Research Fellowship, and DACS Art360.

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