James Rhodes primarily works within the medium of photography, exploring photographic objects and what materiality means for The photographic practice. Rhodes uses the photographic object to explore concepts surrounding how we view and use photographs and what photographs are.
Rhodes examines the inherent illusion of photography through the photographs materiality. This is achieved through printing on alternative materials to photographic paper and installing the photographic objects in gallery spaces. His work allows the audience to freely interpret it through the use of ambiguous subject matter. Rhodes rarely imposes personal expression and experience into the work, and instead questions the nature of the world around him, perception, memory, and the illusion inherent in photographs.
"The act of the audience viewing my work is important to its concepts. Photographs are created to be viewed, yet through this action of viewing a photograph the audiences perception of their memory, of themselves, and of the space they are in is altered. This is caused by the inherent illusion in a photograph." - James Rhodes
James Rhodes completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours in 2015 and is currently completing his PhD in fine art while Lecturing in Photography at The University of Newcastle.
The University of Newcastle, PhD (Fine Art) With Scholarship 2017 – Current
The University of Newcastle, Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Hons), 2011 – 2015
2019 - FINALIST IN SMALL WORKS PRIZE, BRUNSWICK STREET GALLERY MELBOURNE.
2019 - FOND ILLUSION, SOLO SHOW, BRUNSWICK STREET GALLERY MELBOURNE.
2019 - BEYOND THE BINARY, HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL GROUP SHOW, WATT SPACE GALLERY NEWCASTLE.
2018 - 35MM TO 120 POP UP EXHIBITION. WOODRIVER STUDIO NEWCASTLE.
2018 - GESTALT, JOINT SHOW WITH ANDREW TARRY, 8 KEMP ST. NEWCASTLE.
2018 - FINALIST IN TEMP ART PRIZE, WATT SPACE GALLERY NEWCASTLE.
2018 - SEMI-FINALIST IN HEAD ON PORTRAIT PRIZE, HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL HUB AT PADDINGTON TOWN HALL.
2018 - 3000 WORDS – HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL EXHIBITION, GROUP SHOW, WATT SPACE NEWCASTLE.
2018 - OBJECT OF ILLUSION, SOLO SHOW, GAFFA GALLERY SYDNEY.
2016 - BOUNDS OF PHOTOGRAPHY, GROUP SHOW, GALLERY 139 HAMILTON.
2016 - BEMUSED, JOINT SHOW WITH NICK BARLOW, WATT SPACE NEWCASTLE.
2015 - LIMINAL, THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE’S GRADUATION EXHIBITION (HONS) NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY GALLERY.
2015 - HOMETOWN ADVANTAGE GROUP SHOW, GALLERY 139 HAMILTON.
2015 - ALCHEMY EXHIBITION, GROUP SHOW, JOHN HUNTER HOSPITAL.
2015 - ONE DOOR CLOSES, WATT SPACE OPEN SHOW NEWCASTLE.
2014 - CONTINUATION, THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE GRADUATION EXHIBITION. WATT SPACE NEWCASTLE.
2014 - CITY EVOLUTIONS NEWCASTLE. NEWCASTLE.
2014 - ART CITY, WATT SPACE OPEN SHOW, NEWCASTLE:
- WINNER OF LES PAUL PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE
- WINNER OF BEST WORK IN SHOW
2013 -A FORCE OF HABIT, WATT SPACE OPEN SHOW NEWCASTLE.
2011 - ART EXPRESS TRAVELLING SHOW
2014 Continuation, The University of Newcastle Graduation Exhibition.
INDUSTRY RELATED EXPERIENCE
- 2019- Casual Academic at The University of Newcastle
o AART1700 Foundation in Digital Photography
o AART1410 Creative Practice Photomedia
o DESN2303 Photographic Construction and Art Direction
- 2019- Gallery Assistant at Newcastle Art Gallery
o Event photography
o Front of house
o Gallery attendant
o Exhibition Installation
- 2018-2019 Young Advisors Group Member for Newcastle Art Gallery;
o Part of advisory board
o Organised events such as the youth end of year party as part of Last Fridays
o Organised projects such as the Corpus Zine created by accepting external submissions of creative works
- 2015 Demonstrator at The University of Newcastle for:
o AART3420 (Digital Photography)
o AART3260 (3rd Year Majors)
o Teaching individual students’ technical camera and studio skills
o Helping individual students with their course work and final projects
o Giving small talks to the class about the course, photography, cameras, and studio practice.
- 2015-2016 Researcher Photographer at The University of Newcastle
o Photographing prominent researchers for online profiles
o Editing photos
o Setting up locations for photoshoots
- 2013-2019 Gallery sitting at Watt Space Gallery
o Minding the front desk and taking calls
o Processing sales of art works
o Giving advice to attendees about the various shows and the individual works
- 2018 International Conference on The Arts in Society, Vancouver. Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Presented a paper on the importance of the photograph as an object in gallery space.
2015 Rutledge Companion to Ethics, Politics & Organizations, By Alison Pullen and Carl Rhodes
2012 Organizations & Popular Culture, By Carl Rhodes and Simon Lilly