Jess Johnson Biography


1979

Born, Tauranga, New Zealand. 

Lives and works New York City, United States

2001

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Canterbury University, New Zealand

 

SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2020

Terminus (w/ Simon Ward), Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Australia

2019

Terminus (w/ Simon Ward), Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, VIC

Neon Meat Dream, Nanzuka Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Panspermia, Sing Omega, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, USA

Terminus (w/ Simon Ward), Tauranga Art Museum, Tauranga, NZ

Artist Wall Commission, Facebook HQ, New York, NY, USA

2018

Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, Genetekka Archaic, a collaboration based on an old school video game, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, Christchurch, New Zealand, (ongoing).

Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, Whol Why Wurld 2017, Melbourne Art Fair TIME Sector, Melbourne

Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, Terminus, Balnaves Contemporary Art Intervention, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

2017

Everything not saved will be lost, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York

Jess Johnson and Andrew Clarke, Chondrule Terminus, Dark Mofo, Hobart, Tasmania

Hex Nemesis, Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia

Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, Four AM Gallery in association with Untitled Art Far, San Francisco, USA

2016

Art Basel Hong Kong, Discoveries, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

Eclectrc Panoptic, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

2015

Wurm Haus, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Sensorium Chamber, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Endless Future Terror Forever, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

Gertrude Edition 2015, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne

Mnemonic Pulse, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland, New Zealand

Electric Affinity:Jess Johnson and Tina Havelock-Stevens, Alaska Projects, Sydney

2014

Mnemonic Pulse, Gertrude Contemporary, Studio 12, Melbourne

Jess Johnson, Ratholes in the Babylon of Information, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Gamma World, MCA Façade, Vivid Festival, Sydney

2013

Jess Johnson, Utopian Slumps, Auckland Art Fair, Auckland, New Zealand

Bloodfins and Whipwurm, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

Wurm Whorl Narthex, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, New Zealand

2011      

The Rest is Silence, Death Be Kind Gallery, Melbourne (collaboration with Jordan Marani)

2010      

No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern, London, UK

2009      

Hell Is Other People, Inflight Gallery, Tasmania (collaboration with Jordan Marani)

Flippin Heck, Hell Gallery, Melbourne (collaboration with Jordan Marani)

Home Is Where My Hell Is, Switchback Gallery, Gippsland (collaboration with Jordan Marani)

Who Cut The Cheese? Two Giants of Contemporary Art Talk Frankly Of Monumental Things, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne (collaboration with Jordan Marani)

2008      

Hellraiser: The Directors Cut, Hell Gallery, Melbourne (collaboration with Jordan Marani)

2007      

This Is Not A Love Schlong, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne (collaboration with Jordan Marani)

2003      

The future is not what it used to be, The Kiosk – A Physics Room Public Art Site, NZ

2002   

Little Beasts, High Street Project, NZ

2000      

This Animal is Mischievous, High Street Project, NZ

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

Terminus, South by South West (SXSW) Festival, Austin, Texas, USA

Umwelt, online exhibition, Daily Rush, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, USA

2019

I could sleep for a thousand years, curated by Jon Campbell, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Fractal Labyrinth, Occult Humanities Conference, New York University, NY, USA

Shenzen New Media Arts Festival, Shenzen, China

Psychedelic Healing Center, Essex Flowers, New York, NY, USA

Nanzuka Art Gallery Booth, Art Basel, Hong Kong

2018

Gothic Beauty: Victorian notions of love, loss and spirituality, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia

Obsession: Devil in the Detail, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria, Australia

Charmed Contempoary: Works from the Collection, Wollongong Art Gallery, NSW

Darren Knight Gallery at Spring 1883, Windsor Hotel, Melbourne 1 – 4 August 2018

And Tomorrow And, Index, Stockholm, Sweden

The Public Body 03, Artspace, Sydney, Australia

Children of Mallarme – Fashion, Art and Collaboration, Tauranga Art Gallery, New Zealand

The Shape of Things to Come, Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne

Walters Prize, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand

2017-2018

Let’s Play: Let’s Play: Art of our time, Bunjil Place Gallery, Melbourne

2017

Jess Johnson + Simon Ward4th Documentary Exhibition of Fine Arts/STRESS FIELD, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China (forthcoming)

Darren Knight Gallery at Spring 1883, Room 55, The Establishment Hotel, Sydney

Drawing, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, Whol Wyl Wurld, The National: New Australian Art 2017, Carriageworks, Sydney

HB No 6, Centre Clark, Montreal, Canada

2016

NADA Miami Beach, Jack Hanley Gallery, Miami,USA

MIKE, Curated by Todd von Ammon, Four AM Gallery, New York, USA

New World Order, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney

Tricking the eye – contemporary trompe l’oeil, Geelong Gallery, Victoria

SPRING 1883, Room 224, Hotel Windsor, Melbourne

Future Nature, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, USA

POP 01, Toronto International Film Festival, Canada

2015

Hiding in Plain Sight: a selection of works from the Buxton Collection, Bendigo Art Gallery, Australia

Guirguis New Art Prize, Gallery of Ballarat and Post Office Gallery, Federation University

Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, curated by Lars Bang Larsen & Marco Pasi, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne

2014

Spring 1883, Darren Knight Gallery, Suite 224, The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne

Don’t Hide The Hate, Slopes Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2014 National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria

2013                

Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Future Primitive, Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia

Wurm Whorl Narthex, in Populate!, Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand

Nocturne, Arts Project Australia, Melbourne, Australia

Gertrude Studios, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia

2012      

The Collector’s Edition, Death Be Kind Project Space, Melbourne Art Fair

Like, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney

Bellowing Echoes, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne

Where There is Smoke There is Fire, Death Be Kind Gallery, Melbourne

The Edge of the Universe, Shepperton Art Gallery, Shepperton

2010      

Knowing You, Knowing Me: New Artists Show 2010, Artspace, Auckland, NZ

Hell’s Bottom Drawer, Hell Gallery, Melbourne

2009      

I Walk The Line: New Australian Drawing, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

2008      

Jam, Peloton Gallery, Sydney

Honk If You Love Contemporary Art, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane

Flux Capacitor, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne

Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, finalist, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo

Dirty Popsicles, Peloton Gallery, Sydney

Informal Rituals, tcb Gallery, Melbourne

2007      

Cut n’ Paste, Peloton Gallery, Sydney 

Funny Ha Ha, The Narrows, Melbourne

Zonal Marx - A Drawing Project, VCA Gallery, Melbourne

2006      

Victims of Drawing Support Group, Victoria Park Gallery, Melbourne

 

AWARDS

2018

Finalist - Walters Prize, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand

2014

Recipient of a City of Yarra, Arts Development Grant

Winner, 2014 National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

2013

The John McCaughey Memorial Prize, Acquisitive commission of Outer Head of the Order installation for National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

 

COMMISSIONS

2015

Sensorium Machine, Gertrude Edition, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Australia

2013

Outer Head of the Order, acquisitive commission for Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

 

PROJECTS AND RESIDENCIES

2019

Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, USA

McCahon House Residency, New Zealand

2016

Bemis Center for Contemporary Art: Sci Fi and the Human Condition Thematic Residency, Omaha, Nebraska

Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Australian Council, Greene Street Studio Residency, New York

2015

Residential studio residency, ARTSPACE, Sydney

2013-14

Studio resident at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia

2013                    

Asialink residency at Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan, 3 months          

2012                    

Represented Death Be Kind Gallery at the Melbourne Art Fair

2010                  

Participation in No Soul For Sale – a festival of 50 independent galleries, Tate Modern, London

Presenting Hell Gallery at the Melbourne Art Fair Project Spaces  / Showcasing the activities of Hell

Gallery as part of the exhibition Harrel Fletcher: The Sound We Make Together at the National Gallery of Victoria

2009                  

Gippsland Centre for Art and Design (GCAD), residency and exhibition (Switchback Gallery), facilitated

by Monash University Museum of Art

2008                    

Founder and co-director of Hell Gallery / www.hellgallery.blogspot.com

 

COLLECTIONS

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

Art Gallery of Western Australia, WA Australia

Monash University Museum of Art, VIC Australia

Michael Buxton Collection, VIC Australia

National Gallery of Victoria, VIC Australia

Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand

Artbank, NSW Australia

James Wallace Arts Trust, New Zealand

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2020

Farr, K., Jess Johnson: Infinite Quest, Juxtapoz Art and Culture Magazine, Summer 2020

Butler, O., Artist Jess Johnson shares the arts and pop culture obsessions she’s loving right now, Fashion Quarterly, Summer Issue, 2020

2019

Hurrell, John, Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, 50 Things / Curator’s Radar, Art Collector Magazine #87, Jan – March 2019

2018

Bentley, Serena, Wurms Rule, the work of Jess Johnson, Bulletin, Summer 2018-19, Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand 2018.

Virtual Reality, Artlink, Issue 38:4, December 2018

Video Interview, Jess Johnson & Simon Ward, National Gallery of Australia, June 2018

Babington, Jaklyn, Terminus Artist Interview, National Gallery of Australia, May 2018

Christian, Dionne, Artists in residence: Where artists find their happy place, New Zealand Herald, May 2018

Fazel, Mahmood, Can VR Change the Way We Engage with Contemporary Art? Vice Magazine, May 2018

Gordan, Margaret, Surreal virtual reality show Terminus moves viewers to tears, Sydney Morning Herald, May 2018

Hills Duty, Rebecca, New surreal VR exhibit Terminus opens at National Gallery Australia, VR Focus, May 2018

Black, Michael, Tour the trippy world of virtual reality with Terminus at National Gallery, ABC News, May 2018

Gordan, Margaret, Mind bending virtual reality work opens at National Gallery, Fairfax Video, May 2018

Walters Prize nominees announced, New Zealand Herald, March 2018

 

2017

Wyma, Chloe, Jess Johnson, ArtForum, November 2017

Caroline, Jessica; Interview, Caught In Eternal Digital Glitches, Filthy Dreams, October 2017

Smith, Andy, Jess Johnson’s Otherworldly Drawings, Hi Fructose, September 2017

Pellerin, Ananda, Whol Why Wurld, Nowness Editors Picks, September 2017

Where there are walls, Jess Johnson, Exhibition picks, September 2017

Everything not saved will be lost by Jess Johnson at Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, Blouin Art Info, September 2017

Editors, Hyperallergic’s horoscopes offer astrological advice for artists and art types, in art terms (Cancer), September 2017

Johnson, Paddy, A Season for Art, What should we do, September 2017

Art Viewer, Jess Johnson at Jack Hanley Gallery, September 2017

Jess Johnson Selects: Platform Games and Obstinate Monsters, Garage Mag, October 2017

Mandryk, Chloe, Interview, Jess Johnson: Hex Nemesis, Art Almanac, June 2017

Huxley, Will, Artist Profile, Art Makers, ABC Arts, May 2017

Laird, Tessa, Jess Johnson & Simon Ward, Carriageworks Catalogue, 2017

 

2016

Gavin, Holly, Review, Jess Johnson brings together scifi and high technology with aplomb for her Talbot Rice solo show, The Skinny, September 2016

Thorpe, Harriet, Artist Profile, Jess Johnson: My work is a visual stew, Studio International, September 2016

Nunes, Andrew, Dune Meets Psychedelic VR in a New Immersive Art Experience, The Creators Project/Vice TV, August 2016

Art In Scotland TV, Jess Johnson and Simon Ward : Eclectrc Panoptic, July 2016

Szilak, Ilya, Artist Profile, Jess Johnson and the New Language of Virtual Reality, Huffington Post, July 2016

Frank, Priscilla, Sci-Fi Drawings Explore A World Beyond Reality and Today’s Technology, Huffington Post, May 2016

Pasture, Dylan, The gorgeous, unsettling worlds of Jess Johnson, Versions, April 2016

Mullally, Liam, Interview/Profile, Panoptical illusions, The Nouse, March 2016

 

2015

Bentley, Serena, Exhibition Essay, Jess Johnson: Wurm Haus, NGV website, 2015

McNamara, T.J, Review, Impressive detail to dazzling forms, New Zealand Herald, December 2015

Ross, Annabel, Through the wormhole, Sydney Morning Herald, December 2015

Alber, Tom, Review, Oculus Rift Artwork or Out-Of-Body Experience? The Creator's Project/Vice Magazine, December 2015

Capp, Mem, Review, Artshub, December 2015

Hurrel, John, Jess Johnson Prints and Drawings, EyeContact, December 2015

Cox, Will; Review, Jess Johnson's Wurm Haus, Broadsheet Magazine, December 2015

Gallo, Rebecca, Nostalgic Computer Art From An Imaginary Post-Computer World, Vault Magazine, Issue 12 November 2015

Fehily, Toby, Jess Johnson, ArtGuide Australia, November 2015

Johnstone, Rose, Interview, Wurm Haus, Time Out Magazine, November 2015

Lang, Ben, Review, Ixian Gate is a Mind-bending VR Ride Through the World of Artist Jess Johnson, Road to VR, September 2015

Gordon, Margaret, Interview, Talking Oculus Rift Artwork with Jess Johnson & Simon Ward, The Creator's Project, Vice Magazine, July 2015

 

2014

Laird, Tessa, Gnostic Influx: Jess Johnson Decodes Demonic Data, Art & Australia, Issue 52.1, 2014

McNamara, T.J, World of light and shadows, The New Zealand Herald, May 2014

Hurrel, J, Jess Johnson Drawings, EyeContact, May 2014

Anderson, Julia, Young New Zealander clinches John McCaughey Prize, Gallery Magazine, National Gallery of Victoria, Jan-Feb 2014 Issue

Ed. Melbourne Now, Artist Profile, Issue 25, 2013-14

 

2013

McNamara, Andrew and Ann Stephen, Catalogue Essay, The Double Risk of Primitivism, Future Primitive exhibition catalogue, 2013

Barkley, Glenn, Chaos Reigns, Cat People, Issue 1, 2013

Murray, Phip; Artist Profile, Art Collector Magazine, Issue 67, 2013

Radio Interview with Odile Gotts, Tuesday Breakfast Show, 3CR Community Radio, December 2013

Mannan, Aniqa, Two Thousand Review, December 2013

Radio Interview with Vincent O’Donnell, Upbeat, Radio New Zealand, November 2013

Westwood, Matthew, It Takes a City, The Australian, November 2013

Helper, Roslyn, Primavera 2013, Concrete Playground Review, September 2013

Woodward, A, Primavera Posse, Art Collector, Issue 65, July-September 2013

Feeney, Warren, Christchurch Art Gallery 10th Anniversary, EyeContact, May 2013

Paton, Justin, Artist Talk Q&A, Christchurch Art Gallery website, May 2013

Cook, Robert, Jess Johnson Austerity Measures, Primavera 13 exhibition catalogue, 2013

Backhouse, M, Complexly Primitive, Art Guide, January/February 2013

 

2012

Wark, Scott, Next Wave at Gertrude Contemporary, Realtime Magazine, Issue 109, June 2012

 

2010

Pye, Harry, Interview, The Rebel Magazine (UK), November 2010

Hurrel, John, Infusing fresh blood, EyeContact, August 2010

Paton, J, Jess Johnson: Wurm Whorl Narthex, Bulletin B.172, Winter: May-August 2013, Christchurch Art Gallery

Loughnan, Melissa, Interview, Hell & Back, The Blackmail, April 2010

Television Feature, Hell Gallery, Art Nation ABC, May 2010

Television Feature, Hell Gallery, Stateline ABC, April 2010