2018 Walters Prize Nomination

Simon Ward and I are incredibly honoured to be nominated for Auckland Art Gallery's 2018 Walters Prize for our work Whol Why Wurld. The Walters Prize is considered the most esteemed prize for contemporary New Zealand artists working in the visual arts;. The other nominees are Ruth Buchanan, Jacqueline Fraser, and Pati Solomona Tyrell.

The winner will be announced at the Auckland Art Gallery's 2018 Gala Dinner in November.

Whol Why Wurld, 2017
Jess Johnson & Simon Ward
Soundtrack by Andrew Clarke
Raised decagon platform, floor painting, vinyl decals, 5 x looped videos
Exhibited: Carriageworks for The National 2017
30 March - 25 June 2017

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

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

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


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.

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

Kill Screen / Versions

I did an interview with Kill Screen for their new website dedicated to Virtual Reality "Versions is the essential guide to virtual reality and beyond. It investigates the rapidly deteriorating boundary between the real world and the one behind the screen." Click on the image below to read.

Art Basel Hong Kong

Art Basel Hong Kong
March 24 - 26, 2016
I'll be presenting a solo project with Darren Knight Gallery at Art Basel Hong Kong. I'll be exhibiting an installation as part of the Discoveries section.