Jess Johnson was born in Tauranga, New Zealand in 1979. After twelve years of living in Melbourne, Australia and exhibiting at many of the regions leading art institutions, she travelled to New York to undertake the Australia Council’s Greene Street Residency in Jan 2016. After permanently relocating to NY, Jess participated in several group shows and residencies. In 2017 she presented her first solo exhibition in the US at Jack Hanley Gallery in New York.
Since relocating, Jess has undertaken a year-long studio residency at the International Curatorial & Studio Program in Brooklyn. In 2017 she also completed a 10-week thematic residency for artists working in themes of science fiction at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Nebraska; and a residency at the University of Edinburgh’s Talbot Rice Gallery in conjunction with a solo exhibition at the Edinburgh Arts Festival. Other recent exhibitions and presentations include a solo presentation at Art Basel, Hong Kong (2016); Centre Clarke, Montreal (2017); the Toronto International Film Festival (2017); and the Dark Mofo music and art festival, Hobart, Tasmania (2017).
Jess (along with her video collaborator Simon Ward) is currently preparing for Terminus, a major virtual reality commission and solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, set to open in May 2018. Additional solo exhibitions at Nanzuka Gallery (Tokyo) and Jack Hanley Gallery (New York) are confirmed for 2019.
Jess’ presentation at the Auckland Art Fair 2018 with Ivan Anthony will be the inaugural showing of a series of unique quilts made in collaboration with her mother, Cynthia.