Jess Johnson: Art You Can Wear T-shirt
With the current closure of galleries, museums and public art spaces due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the time to get art out, about and onto the site we take with us everywhere—our bodies.
Putting art front and centre, Art You Can Wear invited submissions from artists and non-artists worldwide for designs that have been printed on a limited edition run of T-shirts. Ten winning designs were chosen from hundreds of entries by a panel including MUMA’s Director Charlotte Day, City of Melbourne’s Design Director Jocelyn Chiew, artist Dr Christian Thompson and artist/Director of Monash Art Projects Professor Callum Morton.
Jess Johnson is a New Zealand artist based in New York. The concept of world-building lies at the centre of Johnson’s work, which reflects her interests in science fiction, language, technology and theories of consciousness. Her drawing practice feeds into installations and collaborations in animation, music, fashion, Virtual Reality and textile art. Text is integral to Johnson’s drawing process. The central role of hand-made typography in her drawings stems from her background in poster and flyer design and often provides a scaffolding from which she builds the rest of her compositions. This text-based design combines the titles of a triptych Johnson made for the Walter’s Prize exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery in 2018. It utilises a hand-drawn alphabet and the broader visual cosmology she has been developing for several years.
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