Auckland Art Fair 2018

Auckland Art Fair
Ivan Anthony Gallery Stand (D9)
23-27 May 2018

I am presenting a series of unique quilts made in collaboration with my mother, Cynthia Johnson at the Ivan Anthony Gallery stand of the Auckland Art Fair. I will also be giving a public talk at the Ivan Anthony stand with curator Serena Bentley on 24 May at 2:30pm.

“For the Fair, Jess will present her arcane, hand-drawn compositions in an entirely new medium for the first time. The focus of the stand will be several unique quilts made in collaboration with her mother Cynthia Johnson, herself an accomplished quilt-maker. Growing up, Jess was influenced by her mother’s textile arrangements, by observing the processes of dying, cutting, arranging, and piecing together material. This influence can be seen in Jess’s contemporary drawing practice today, which features repetitive geometries, elaborate borders, use of templates, and an affinity with traditional crafts and draughtsmanship. For their collaborative quilts, Jess’s hand-drawn compositions were digitally printed onto bolts of cloth, then turned into quilts with embellished pieced borders by Cynthia.” Ivan Anthony Press Release, 2018

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Terminus at National Gallery of Australia

Terminus, 2018
Jess Johnson and Simon Ward
National Gallery of Australia
5 May – 26 August 2018

"TERMINUS, a collaborative exhibition by Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, opened Friday 4 May at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. The centrepiece of the exhibition is five new virtual reality artworks housed within bespoke structures situated on a full-scale tessellated floor map. Commissioned by the NGA and the Balnaves Foundation.

With their pioneering use of virtual reality, Johnson and Ward hold a unique position among contemporary art practitioners. Johnson’s drawings are transformed from analogue into digital, and from solo practice into cross-disciplinary collaboration. Animated by Ward and enriched with input from developer Kenny Smith and sound composer Andrew Clarke, the result is TERMINUS: a mysterious universe of alien architecture populated by humanoid clones and cryptic symbols, explored via a network of travellators and gateways.

TERMINUS presents a quest, a choose-your-own adventure into the technological. Prepare yourself for a slippage of time and space as your journey propels you across five distinct realms: you will pass through Fleshold Crossing; take respite in Known Unknown; lose yourself within Scumm Engine; bravely face impending danger in the tower of Gog & Magog; and experience the brink of sensory overload in the psychedelic scenes of Tumblewych. The mysteries of what you ultimately seek will be revealed: an understanding that reality is not fixed but both malleable and multiple." NGA press release

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The Sydney Morning Herald has reviewed the exhibition here
More information on the Terminus exhibition here

Upcoming Exhibitions

Everything not saved will be lost
September 7 – October 8, 2017
Jack Hanley Gallery
327 Broom St, New York
This is my first solo show in New York, opening Thursday 7th September at 6pm. For more information about the exhibition visit Jack Hanley Gallery here.

Darren Knight
SPRING 1883 Art Fair

Establishment Hotel, Sydney, Australia
September 6 - 9, 2017

4th Documentary Exhibition /  Stress Field
Hubei Museum of Art, China
Opening 15 September
September 15th - October 20, 2017

Let’s Play: Let’s Play: Art of Our Time
Bunjil Place, City of Casey, Melbourne, Australia
7 December, 2017 - 25 February, 2018

ISCP Residency

I've started a one year studio residency at ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program) in Bushwick, Brooklyn. More info on ISCP's program here.

The National 2017: New Australian Art

Simon Ward and I will be exhibiting five new animations at Carriageworks for The National 2017: New Australian Art (30 March - 25 June, 2017). The large-scale exhibition presents the latest in contemporary Australian art, curated across three of Sydney's premier cultural institutions: the Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. For more information go here.

Upcoming Exhibitions

MIKE
Organized by Todd von Ammon
Four AM Gallery
291 Grand Street, New York
November 14th - 28th, 2016

NADA Miami Beach
Jack Hanley Gallery Booth
4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida
December 1st - 4th, 2016

New World Order
Curated by Ella Barclay and Toni Bailey
Dec 9, 2016 - Feb 12, 2017
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
1 Powerhouse Road, Casula, Australia

Tricking the eye—contemporary trompe l’ceil
Curated by Lisa Sullivan
26 November 26, 2016 to February 12, 2017
Geelong Gallery, Little Malop Street, Geelong, Australia

 

Bemis Center Residency

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, Nebraska) has selected eleven artists to participate in Sci-Fi and the Human Condition, a thematic residency focusing on science fiction and the inherent intersectionality of race, class, and gender. I will be living and working at the Bemis Center between September 7 – November 18, 2016. 

Eclectrc Panoptic

Jess Johnson: Eclectrc Panoptic
Opening Preview Thursday, July 28, 7 - 9 PM
29 July – 8 October 2016
Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge

I'll be spending a month in Edinburgh with my collaborator Simon Ward setting up for this exhibition. We'll be showing our VR animation Ixian Gate as well as well as other animations and drawings. For more information go here.

Oculus Launchpad

I've been accepted into the Oculus Rift Launchpad program! The program is designed to support and invest in Virtual reality creators with unique and diverse perspectives. Phase 1 was a one-day bootcamp at Facebook HQ which bought together the 100 participants for a day of presentations, workshops and talks (including a long Q&A with Palmer Lucky, the founder of Oculus!). Phase 2 will be developing our projects over the next three months.

Huffington Post Interview

Priscilla Frank, Arts & Culture Editor at the Huffington Post, conducted a lengthy interview with me (with some interesting questions I haven't been asked before). You can read it here.

Jess Johnson X Skarfe

I've collaborated with the Sydney based SKARFE on a selection of limited edition silk scarfs. There's 3 styles available with free global giftbox delivery. Pre orders are available here