With 'ABSOLUT Dahlsen', 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.
Media release: October/November 2004
It seems award-winning assemblage artist John Dahlsen’s
career just leaps from one high profile and exciting project
to another. In a major coup Dahlsen is the first Australian
to be chosen to join the ranks of such renowned international
artists as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Francesco Clemente
and Damien Hirst whom have all been commissioned to create
artworks by V & S Absolut Spirits, Sweden.
The universal environmental themes presented in John's
work have led to critically acclaimed solo shows in New
York and Milan and he was selected by an international
jury to represent Australia at the Artiade Olympics of
the Visual Arts exhibition in Athens.
After returning from the exhilaration of the Athens Olympics,
John had to immediately embark on the challenge to create
ABSOLUT DAHLSEN, a commission for a major sculptural piece
by V&S Absolut Spirits which was unveiled at the 2004
Bondi Sculpture by the Sea.
Standing 4.2 metres high and 1.5 metres at its base, John
had the work engineered locally in his hometown Byron Bay,
by Phil Wallace Engineers and partially fabricated
locallythere also by Byron Steel, from a framework of fibreglass
and steel on concrete steel footings and covered it in
his trademark rubber thongs, a reference to his iconic "Thong
Totems” which won the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Wynne Prize in 2000.
John said, 'as part of the contract for the project I
also proposed that I provide archival footage of the project
from start to installation and so I commissioned a Byron
based production company: for this job, as a result, I
have created a DVD of the fabrication of the work and of
myself creating and then installing ABSOLUT DAHLSEN in
Sydney on the Bondi headland.
So now the project has a really great multi media component'
said John, 'the DVD will be used by Absolut International
to promote their future art projects, which will be very
useful in giving my work further international exposure'.
Over 100 sculptures from Australia and around the world
annually transform Sydney's Bondi to Tamarama Coastal walk,
in to a spectacular outdoor gallery from 28th October to
14th November, last year’s exhibition attracted some
Following the Sculpture By the Sea unveiling and launch
of this sculpture, "ABSOLUT DAHLSEN" Has since
been placed on semi permanent loan to the Gold Coast City
Art Gallery in Queensland Australlia.
This DVD movie was commissioned by the artist John Dahlsen
and was filmed by Tikitiboo On Screen Media.