We Dream of Networks

United States, 2016

Jess Johnson
fibre-tipped pen, fibre-tipped markers and gouache on paper
ACMI Collection

Object On display
Photograph by Egmont Contreras

Jess Johnson was born in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 1979, and lives and works in New York. Her drawing and installation practice is influenced by science fiction, language, 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 that act as physical portals into her speculative worlds. Her video collaborations with Simon Ward have involved translating her drawings into animated Virtual Reality, thus enabling her audience to have the simulated experience of entering the hypnotic realms depicted in her drawings. Jess Johnson’s work has been exhibited Internationally in solo exhibitions at; Jack Hanley Gallery, New York; Art Basel, Hong Kong; Nanzuka Gallery, Tokyo; Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; National Gallery of Australia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia; Auckland Art Gallery and Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand.

Jess Johnson is represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney; Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland and Jack Hanley Gallery, New York

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On display until

23 August 2024

ACMI: Gallery 1



Jess Johnson

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Subject category

object → 3D artefact

Curatorial section

The Story of the Moving Image → Moving Pictures → MI-08. Immersive Innovations → MI-08-C01


760 x 560mm

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fibre-tipped pen, fibre-tipped markers and gouache on paper

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