JODY PAULSEN

b. 1987, Cape Town

Lives and works in Cape Town

Jody Paulsen’s creative work epitomises contemporary art practice, delivering a sustained dialogue, saturated with contrasting patterns and vivacious colours that exhibit his unique style. Often appropriating ostentatious iconography from popular culture, such as packaging, branding, patterns and slogans, Paulsen’s eye-popping creative output sequesters, multiplies and reassembles the conventions of consumer-society, offering viewers a glimpse of a far more individualised, and fluid identity.

Biography

b.1987. Cape Town, South Africa. Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

Jody Paulsen’s creative work epitomises contemporary art practice, delivering a sustained dialogue, saturated with contrasting patterns and vivacious colours that exhibit his unique style. Often appropriating ostentatious iconography from popular culture, such as packaging, branding, patterns and slogans, Paulsen’s eye-popping creative output sequesters, multiplies and reassembles the conventions of consumer-society, offering viewers a glimpse of a far more individualised, and fluid identity.

Jody Paulsen was born in 1987 in Cape Town, South Africa, where he continues to live and work. He specialised in Print Media at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Arts. On graduating in 2009, Paulsen was awarded the Katrine Harris Print Cabinet Award. In 2012 Jody Paulsen received the Jules Kramer Departmental Scholarship Award and went on to complete his Masters Degree with his solo exhibition What You Want, Whenever You Want It in 2013.

Paulsen opened his first solo exhibition, titled Pushing Thirty, at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, followed by a solo presentation, hosted by SMAC Gallery, at Untitled Art Miami Beach in Miami, USA both in 2017. Paulsen recently opened  his second exhibition, titled Water Me with SMAC Gallery in December 2018.

Notable group exhibitions include: After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art, curated by Andrew Hennlich, a traveling exhibition starting at Richmond Centre for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, USA, and ending in 2018; All Things Being Equal at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2017; Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, curated by Amelie Klein and Okwui Enwezor, a travelling exhibition starting at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, USA, in 2016; Anyway, The Wind Blows at BRUNDYN+ in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2014; The Night Show at Goodman Gallery in 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa; and the Sasol New Signatures Award in Pretoria, South Africa in 2010. He exhibited at MiArt in 2014, Milan, Italy and START Art Fair in 2014 in London, UK.

Recent group exhibitions include UPSTART/STARTUP at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg during 2016, as well as Young, Gifted and Black, curated by Hank Willis Thomas in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2015. In 2018 Paulsen will be apart of the group exhibition Passion Fruit at Temporary Storage Gallery in New York City.

Paulsen has collaborated with fashion designer Adriaan Kuiters presenting numerous collections at the Mercedes-Benz Cape Town Fashion Week, as part of the Generation Africa fashion show at Pitti Uomo in
Florence, Italy, in 2016. Paulsen continues to expand and present new collections, internationally and locally, with Kuiters.

Paulsen’s work forms part of numerous significant public and private collections, including Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, South Africa; Matthais & Gervanne Leridon Collection in Paris, France; Sovereign Art Foundation, in Hong Kong, Singapore, UK, Guernsey, South Africa; The Royal Portfolio Collection, in Cape Town, South Africa and the 21 c Museums Hotel in Louisville, USA.

News

Jody Paulsen’s solo exhibition titled Water Me is currently on show at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, the exhibition will run from 29 November 2018 to 19 January 2019.

Paulsen is part of the travelling exhibition Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design, which is open at the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin Texas and will run until the 6 January 2019.

GALLERY SOLO EXHIBITIONS & APPEARANCES

GALLERY GROUP EXHIBITIONS & APPEARANCES

PRESS HIGHLIGHTS

Article by Sean O’Toole on Art Forum- Critics’ Picks, 11 February 2017: Jody Paulsen – PDF

Interview by Alix-Rose Cowie on Indie Channel, 22 February 2017: Pushing Thirty: The Art of Adulting –  PDF

Interview by Lindi Brownell Meiring on Visi, 23 February 2017: Artist We Love: Jody Paulsen – PDF

Article by Lisa Wallace on Conde Nast House and Garden, March 7, 2017: Pushing Thirty – PDF

Article by Christa Dee on Bubblegumclub, 17 February 2017: Artist Jody Paulsen’s solo Exhibition ‘Pushing Thirty’ – PDF

Interview by Dave Mann on Between 10 and 5, 25 October 2016: Jody Paulsen on planning, pattern and process – PDF