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GHOST LOS ANGELES - JIM DAWSON: HULL


  • GHOST GALLERY NEW YORK: LOS ANGELES 3800 South Grand Avenue #F Los Angeles, CA, 90037 United States (map)
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Ghost Gallery is pleased to present Hull, a solo video installation by artist Jim Dawson: The installation features a three multi-channel experience of looking and foregrounds the perception of time. 

Hull is a portrait of displacement, a rumination on transience, motion and change. Swift, oppositional, both frictional and soothing-- six thousand hulls glide through the sea. Dented, pitted and gliding largely out of sight, the familiar identity of these massive vessels carry 90% of our everything. Daily, they are pushed out of our cities, off our shores and out of minds. Promising both origin and destination yet mostly roving, resting only for hours, they appear and slip away like self-possessed organisms asserting a near anthropomorphic awareness, a volition and passion.

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The show opens at Ghost Gallery at 3800 S Grand Ave #F, Los Angeles on October 19, 2019 and runs through October 26. An opening reception will be held October 19 at 6:00 PM. Viewings available by appointment through October 23.


Jim Dawson is a NYC based sound and video artist. Dawson’s artistic process grew out of his collaborative experiences in theater and dance. Jim honed his ability to capture and communicate movement through video during his tenure with the Trisha Brown Company. Rehearsing daily with The Wooster Group further sharpened his craft, molding sound as a physical material. Constant collaborative experimentation with groups such as the Collapsable Giraffe and Door 10 provided Jim with the environment to distill disparate sources into layered units.

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Dawson’s first two video installations pieces, Settle and Imperium were presented in 2018 by Harvestworks and the Chocolate Factory. He is currently collaborating with Jim Findlay and Cyrus Moshrefi on sound and performance piece. He is also scoring Jacque Menasche’s documentary on war photocopy entitled F8 and Be There. 

In 2017, Dawson’s sound art collaborations, Find Me and Lighthouse, with Christina Campanella were represented by Harvestworks, New York, Electronic Arts Festival, The Red Door and HERE Art Center. As a sound designer, Dawson worked with The Wooster Group, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Jay Scheib, Cynthia Hopkins, The Collapsable Giraffe, The Cohn Brothers, Henry Threadgill, Jim Findlay, Findlay/Sandsmark, Door 10, Jim Findlay, Jean Butler, Deganit Shemy, and Jon Kinzel.

 Film credits include; Screamers, a feature by Brian Rogers, Amy Jenkin’s Instruction on Parting, Jacque Menaches’, Cathy at War. PBS documentary, The Narcotic Farm, Ian Old’s Garret Scott’s Occupation: Dreamland, which won an Independent Film Spirit Award, Stefan, an HBO-Award Winning Short, and the Emmy nominated documentary, The Fixer. His video/sound installation is his second solo exhibition.

Earlier Event: September 28
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