art projects, commissions and artist profile:
Below are a selection of activities which have seen John involved in major awards or prominent public art projects both within Australia and internationally. Some of these activities Include:
Commonwealth Bank Commission Sydney March 2011 saw John commissioned by the Commonwealth Bank to create a major sculpture for their new HQ, from objects collected from the annual Clean up Australia campaign in Sydney.
USA Public Art and Artist in Residence In September 2005, John Dahlsen was the artist in residence as a guest of Jefferson City in Missouri USA. Here he made a series of installations forming a public artwork, made from recycled plastic bags, which were donated by the people of Jefferson City. This series of works were exhibited as part of the Art In The Park Exhibition run by Atelier CMS inc. from Jefferson City. At the opening ceremony, which was attended by Bob and Lori Hauser Holden, Governor and first Lady State of Missouri 2001 - 2005, and Senator Carl M Vogel, along with the other exhibiting artists and other distinguished guests, Dahlsen delivered a speech, addressing the importance of public art in the built environment and the need for a percentage of public spending on government buildings to be earmarked for public artworks.
Dahlsen then went on to donate his series of sculptural installations to Jefferson City for their contemporary art collection, which he said would hopefully be housed soon, in a purpose built contemporary art space, which he noted Jefferson City urgently needed.
Wynne Prize winner In 2000 John was a successful finalist in submitting his series of "Thong
Totems". He went on to win the prestigious Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery
of New South Wales Australia. This installation was the third
only sculpture to win the prize in its 100 year history. The Wynne
Prize is Australia's oldest art award. In 2003 John was once again
a finalist in the Wynne prize with his work Blue River,
made from recycled plastic bags and again was a finalist in 2004
with his Driftwood assemblage #1.
* Official Artist - Clean Up Australia
/ Clean Up The World
John Dahlsen was appointed by Ian Kiernan AO, Chairman of Clean
up Australia to be the Official Artist of the New Millennium for
the Environmental organisations Clean Up Australia and Clean Up
the World. This involved a significant media profile to promote
each organisation's activities as well as
John's unique approach to recycling and carrying the environmental
message in his artwork.
* The United Nations Headquarters in
New York The U.N. project, initiated through John's involvement with the
Clean up the World organisation, was to incorporate many of the
participating nations in the annual clean up program, sending
shoe boxes full of plastics to John's studio, where he was to
assemble a multi coloured artwork (mimicking the multi-coloured
flags of the world). The artwork involved world wide participation
and was to be installed at the entrance of the United Nations
Headquarters. Due to more recent events in the USA, this project
has been awaiting further development.
* The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
The Powerhouse Museum commissioned John to create 2 major works,
which are now featured in a semi-permanent exhibition at the Museum.
Called; Eco- Logic, the exhibition showcases ecologically sustainable
practices. John also presented a proposal for a public outdoor
sculpture for the entrance to the Powerhouse Museum, which was
enthusiastically received by the Powerhouse Museum Board.
. * The Rialto Centre, Manly Sydney John was shortlisted with 3 other artists to install a $175,000
public art sculpture.
* The Belongil Commission,
A privately funded sculpture commission is located in an exclusive ocean
front development in Byron Bay Australia.
* Privately funded sculptural projects
John also developed two in-depth proposals for major, privately
projects both located in the Northern New South Wales region.
The first being at the new S.A.E. School of
Audio Engineering, multi-media world headquarters.
Secondly at the Broken Head Coastal Foundation's Eco- Educational
resort facility, being developed
by the renowned environmental architect Phil McMaster.
* Public Artwork for Byron Bay John created a fundraising "Barometer" public art work
for the Byron Bay Community Centre in 2000.
* The Brisbane Entertainment and Convention
John was selected for initial negotiations to make a public art sculpture
for the foyer of the Brisbane Entertainment
and Convention Centre for
the Architects; Minale/Bryce and Partners (Brisbane) and the board of the Convention centre.
* Public artwork for Coffs Harbour City
Council, North Coast of NSW.
John was one of three shortlisted artists who worked on the submission of designs for public artworks
in Coffs Harbour.
* Florence Biennial of Contemporary Art. John was selected to exhibit at the 2003 Florence Biennial of
Contemporary Art in Italy in December and came away with a prestigious
award in the Mixed Media/New Media section.
* Public Art in Queensland.
A major public art work was unveiled in Brisbane. Titled
"The Guardian", This 10.5 metre high
sculpture made from recycled materials, has been enthusiastically
embraced by the Brisbane community.
* Shortlisted For Public Art Projects
in the USA
John has also been short listed for two public art projects
in both Washington DC and at a university in Iowa.
* Absolut Dahlsen John successfully negotiated with the company representing
Absolut Vodka, who commissioned him to
make a large sculpture/Installation based on the Absolut campaign .John
joins such renowned artists as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Francesco
Clemente and Damien Hirst, who have been commissioned to create
artworks by ABSOLUT of Sweden. He exhibited this work at the 2004
Sculpture By the Sea Exhibition in Sydney.
This sculpture is now on semi permanent loan to the Gold Coast City Art Gallery Queensland Australia
John also had negotiations with the chairman of the Visy corporation
to make a series of totemic recycled artworks
for both the exterior and wallworks for the interior foyers, of
the Visy factories Australia wide.