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Jess Johnson & Jordan Marani: Home Is Where My Hell Is

29 July – 3 September 2009

Switchback Gallery, Gippsland Centre for Art & Design
Monash University, Gippsland Campus

Dr Kyla McFarlane

"First trawl your area collecting up discarded materials. Start to build something from them. A shed. A shack. A fort. A dwelling. Whatever, it’s yours. Build it somewhere hard to find. Preferably in the forest but a city alleyway would suffice too. Hunker down and decorate. Make it safe. Surround the hut with booby traps and hang charms to ward off evil. Sustain yourself with meals of mushrooms boiled with bark. When you’re done with it walk away without looking back or push it over with your bare hands and stand back grinning at the big ‘WHUMP!’"
– Jess Johnson, Home Is Where My Hell Is

Co-directors of Hell Gallery and occasional artistic collaborators Jess Johnson and Jordan Marani present a new exhibition following their artists’ residency at Monash University’s Gippsland Centre for Art and Design in April 2009. Dredging through the detritus of their own and others’ lives, Johnson and Marani draw on shared obsessions including comic books, doom metal, overdue bills and talkback radio. For Switchback Gallery, they will create a ‘hothouse environment … incorporating installation, sculpture, drawing, collage and a soundtrack too. A polyglottal simmering of words, images, shared memories,
fantasies, associations and neuroses.’

Johnson and Marani's Gippsland residency was supported by Monash University’s Gippsland Centre for Art and Design and Monash University Museum of Art.

Exhibition Catalogue:
Jess Johnson and Jordan Marani: Home Is Where My Hell Is

Image: Jess Johnson & Jordan Marani, Home Is Where My Hell Is, installation view: Switchback Gallery, Monash University Gippsland Campus, 2009. Photo: Neale Stratford