Norm Dodge is a designer / artist of eclectic passions and pursuits. For most of his life, his primary occupation has been as a creator of dramatic environments for stage and film, and the real world.
Originally trained as an architect, Norm continues to render architectural renovation and interior design services for a select list of clients whose projects have ranged from restaurants and other retail spaces, to condominium complexes, law offices and private homes. His specialty is preservation through re-imagination: the adaptive reconceiving of existing structures and spaces for contemporary use.
As a stage designer he designed sets for more than 150 productions in theatres from Maine to Florida, including Boston, Philadelphia, and off-Broadway. He also held design residencies in Canada and Europe and did a stint as lighting designer at the famous Rainbow Grill atop Rockefeller Center in New York City for such luminary performers as Peter Nero, Louis Prima, and the great Duke Ellington.
In the late 1980’s Norm transitioned from theatre to motion picture and television design. His film and TV resume includes credits on over 25 feature films, nearly 100 video projects ranging from music videos to TV series, and several hundred TV commercials. Notable credits include Twelve Monkeys, Philadelphia, New York (the first major “Bollywood” film shot in the U.S.), both Mannequin movies, music videos with Teddy Pendergrass and the Hooters (directed by a young David Fincher), and designing the three million dollar conversion of historic but derelict Seaman’s Bank in Philadelphia into the ultra-chic residence for MTV’s Real World in 2005.
Norm has also maintained a successful secondary career in illustration and graphic design through the years. In the early 1970‘s, while stationed with the US Coast Guard on historic Governor’s Island in New York harbor, one of Norm’s myriad assignments was as illustrator and cartoonist for the weekly Base New York newspaper. That assignment led circuitously to a series of fanciful children’s illustrations, the creation of a children’s book, and eventually to an ongoing career in book cover design for a group of authors and publishers in Pennsylvania, California, Minnesota and London.
In the early 2000’s Norm Dodge Studios was established as a unified umbrella identity for all of Norm’s ongoing creative endeavors, from architectural and interior design to individual sculptures, drawings, and other works.
The lamp collection in JAM Gallery’s “Eco Arts” Exhibition represents a new series, exploring the creation of utilitarian art from repurposed and / or recycled materials. Visually akin to the popular “steampunk” style, Norm’s pieces are distinguished by their functional simplicity and abstention from random gauges and other extraneous embellishments
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