Dawn DeDeaux INTRODUCTION
DeDeaux has merged art with new technologies for decades to broaden art and audience engagement. Early works from the 1970s such as CB Radio Booths were works of mobility that travelled the communication systems and streets of underserved communities. Mid-career works were large-scale installations and pioneering immersive, synchronized media environments including Soul Shadows, Women Eating, and The Face of God that premiered at the 1996 Olympics. Latter works, including Project Mutants, The Goddess Fortuna and The MotherShip Series, are inspired by environmental challenges.
Works by DeDeaux have been exhibited nationwide including Whitney Museum of American Art, Armand Hammer Museum, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art of Connecticut, The Contemporary / Baltimore, Canadian Film Society of Toronto, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa TX, Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology / Houston, and a recent two year exhibition at MASS MoCA - "Thumbs Up for the MotherShip" with artist/musician Lonnie Holley.
Upcoming exhibitions include a solo exhibition at Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology in Houston TX - - "Being and Everything: Post-Art by Dawn DeDeaux" - extended due to Covid 19 and now opening in the Fall 2020 concurrent with the reopening of the Rothko Chapel; and a re-installment of her Paradise Lost project offering Milton's prose, rendered in highway reflective vinyl applied to 48 columns, staged in a free-fall down four running blocks before today's mega-coliseum, the Louisiana Superdome.
A Career Retrospective "The Space Between Worlds" is opening at the New Orleans Museum of Art in September 2021 concurrent with the citywide presentation of Prospect.5. DeDeaux's Retrospective will be accompanied with a 250 page, richly illustrated, hardcover catalogue by Berlin-based publisher Hatje Cantz. The catalogue will include numerous essays by writers and art historians including a feature entry by Eva Diaz.
Exhibitions in recent years include her Prospect 2 presentation - a 20,000 sq ft multimedia extravaganza - titled The Goddess Fortuna and Her Dunces, and the touring MotherShip Series that adapts the theory that mankind has 100 years left - not to save Earth but to leave. Components of her mothership series form part of the current exhibition at MASS MoCA .
DeDeaux is a 1997 Rome Prize recipient as Knight Foundation Visiting Southern Artist at the American Academy in Rome and selected among the eight most important southern U.S. artists by the 1996 Olympics. She is a 2013 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist in Residence, the 2014 Prospect Triennial Alumni of the Year and 2015 Artist in Residence at Tulane University’s Center for Bioenvironmental Research.
DeDeaux's work is the in-depth subject of the concluding chapter of Discipline and Photograph, a book by art theorist James Huginin of Chicago Art Institute and “Five Video Artists” by Larry Qualls, Associate Editor for Performing Arts Journal, MIT Press. Her work has been reviewed in numerous publications including New York Times, Art in America, USA Today and ArtForum, and the focus of televised features including CBS Sunday Morning and Canada Public Broadcasting’s series The Future.
DeDeaux is founding editor of Arts Quarterly and among the eight founders of the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, serving on its Board throughout its formative years. She produced and hosted Louisiana’s first radio program on the arts, Art Now, for National Public Radio affiliate WWNO. As an educator DeDeaux established and directed a comprehensive arts program for a 6000 inmate facility in Orleans Parish, Louisiana; and has been Visiting Artist at a number of institutions including Maryland Institute College of Art , Texas A&M Visualization Laboratory and interdisciplinary seminars for College of the Holy Cross and Princeton University. She is affiliated with School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City as graduate studies advisor in the MFA program.
DeDeaux is founder / director of Camp Abundance in New Orleans - a residency compound for artists, writers and filmmakers; from around the world and is a Trustee of Prospect New Orleans Board of Directors.
DeDeaux is the winner of the 1976 Demolition Derby in the Louisiana SuperDome as the only female contestant in a field of 35 drivers.
PHOTO ARCHIVE SELECTIONS
DeDeaux 511 Marigny Studio / Working on Landscape pieces for ALDRICH MUSEUM / "Landscape Reclaimed"