'1800-C@ll-DocG' / DocG
DocG is a multidisciplinary creator from Melbourne, who has been working as an artist, stylist, model, photographer and conceptual curator for over 5 years. Drawing his creative influence largely from the pop art movement of the 1980s, and background in graphic design and branding, DocG explores repetition and bold colour to create physical works on canvas and open air murals around Melbourne.
Drawing his creative influence largely from the pop art movement of the 1980s, and background in graphic design and branding. DocG explores repetition and bold colour to create physical works on canvas and open air murals around Melbourne. His works are recognisable by his unique cartoon-esque style and ‘DocG eyes’ symbol that is featured throughout his portfolio.
The DocG persona is characterised by creative versatility, meaning that what he does is never limited to anyone thing. He communicates this in his work with another trademark symbol: the slogan ‘1800-C@LL-DOCG’, that serves as a call out for people to seek his creative perspective and conceptual curation for their projects. We caught up with DocG following his exhibition at SpaceBound earlier last month.
First things first, how did the exhibition go?
Everything came together just in time, it went so fast though. I was sleep deprived and didn’t have a lot of time to soak it all in. But I was so happy to see my friends, family and the beautiful people that I got to meet. It meant the world to me that people came to my show.
It’s the first time you have put together a solo exhibition like this. Did you start this project with a fixed idea in mind?
‘1800-C@LL-DOCG’ was definitely the anchor point of this show, I really wanted to show people what I’m capable of doing as DOCG. So if anyone had a misconception of this character, everything within the show illustrates elements of my practice.
Were there any challenges to putting everything together?
I featured a lot of different ideas, and formats of my works that all make sense in my own head, however showcasing that in a way that displays interrelatedness to others was difficult. I’m not used to planning out spaces, but that definitely something I had to grasp for this exhibition and the forthcoming ones.
So you also curated a group show in Japan late 2018 called ‘Love Your Neighbour’. How did putting together a solo exhibition compare to that experience?
I felt there was more weight curating my own exhibition in my own city than having an international group show. They both had their different challenges, very similar in terms of stress. But I’m never alone in these things, I have a beautiful team/family around me that help get my ideas out.
At the exhibition, we could walk past various cartoon-inspired tees designed by you and then there’d be trainers placed onto old-school TVs displaying home videos you’d made in collaboration with @projectg101. And then a few steps further and you’d reach a room with various art installations, photography prints and projections (by Isaiah Morris). I was so impressed by the versatility of it all. How do you manage to create interesting pieces across different mediums in a way that doesn’t compromise your creative vision nor the quality of your work?
Yooooo thank you sooo much, for being so attentive to my process and honouring the collaborative artists in this project by the way. Really appreciate that!!
I hope it's just a genuine reflection of my craft. These are the ideas I’ve been experimenting with for years. Each collaboration was specific, spending hours with each artist to curate a cohesive exhibition was important to me. Every part of the exhibition had intent.
What has helped you create and define a particular kind of voice and aesthetic that is representative of you as an artist? Do you feel like it’s solidifying as time goes by or are you keen to explore differently in the future?
Repetition and vision. I always had visions of how I want to be and what I want to be doing.And in the process I am able to evolve, the idea of DOCG hopefully grows with me.
What is it about Melbourne’s creative scene that stood out for you during the process of curating this exhibition?
A lot of my homies around me having been working hard and hustling on their own projects, Agung Mango and his multiple streams of creativity with the The Cosmic Thug Sound and has been grinding on upcoming EP, Isaiah Morris curating a beautiful space for emerging artist, New Kids @ Boney. Georgia Haynes and the whole SBC crew are all individuals making moves.
Do you have any plans for the near future that you can share with us?
Tour the show.
Follow DocG on Instagram: @docg_
Photo Contribution by: EARF @earf_ramezani, Doug Bennett @dougbennett, Emir Prasetyo
Interview by Clementine Girard-Foley