Jess Johnson’s drawings and installations are influenced by the intersections of language, science fiction, culture and technology. In her drawings, she depicts complex worlds that combine densely layered patterns, objects and figures within architectural settings. Johnson’s drawings are often displayed within constructed environments. Her recent video collaborations with Simon Ward have involved translating her drawings into animated videos and virtual reality, enabling audiences to have simulated experiences of her drawings.
Jess Johnson was born in Tauranga, New Zealand in 1979. After ten years of living and working in Melbourne, she relocated permanently to New York City in 2016. Her work has been exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions at Jack Hanley Gallery, New York; Art Basel Hong Kong; Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; Centre CLARK, Montreal; National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; and Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, New Zealand. She is represented by Jack Hanley Gallery, New York; Darren Knight Gallery, Australia; and Ivan Anthony Gallery, New Zealand.
Residents from New Zealand
Maria Varona has been making embroideries since childhood. Varona was taught the technique by her grandmother, that she then developed as her practice by creating comic strips embroideries. She uses this format as a method of constructing a narrative line that often explores existential inquietudes.
Maria Varona has exhibited work at BronxArtSpace, New York; Roberto Paradise, San Juan; and Mondo Bizarro: Arte & Comics, San Juan, amongst others.
Residents from United States
In his research-based practice, Mathias Pöschl seeks to investigate the relation of visual culture and political agenda, generating ensembles of works by juxtaposing representations of historical incidences and realities in a wide range of media and materials. In an effort to hint at new insights into the basic conditions of what it means for a work of art to be called political, Pöschl tries to exploit the cognitive potential of contradictions and misreadings, employing dialectic approaches to arrive at, or suggest, new narratives.
Mathias Pöschl (born 1981, Vienna, Austria) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 2008. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows at institutions, galleries and art fairs including Leopold Museum, Vienna; 21er Haus – Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Vienna; The Armory Show, New York; Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna; Sotheby’s, Vienna; Galleri Ping-Pong, Malmö; Frieze, London; Nya Perspectives, Västerås; Neuer Kunstverein Wien, Vienna; as well as in various self-organized shows in temporary exhibition spaces around Austria.