JUZ KITSON

JUZ KITSON

b. 1987

Juz Kitson is currently based in Jingdezhen China the Ancient Porcelain city and Australia. She graduated from The National Art School in 2009 and has exhibited regularly both nationally and internationally since 2005 in solo and group exhibitions. Most notable, solo shows at Australia Platform ArtStage Singapore, London Art Fair project space, GAGPROJECTS/ Greenaway Art Gallery, Jan Murphy Gallery Brisbane and Zero Art Centre in 798 Art district, Beijing and in 2013 she was included in Primevara at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Contemporary Australian Art. In 2011 she participated in a National Art School Residency for Emerging Artists from NSW, supported by Arts NSW, at the Tshingua University Academy of Art and Design, Beijing along with being awarded the Bundanon Residency, Arthur Boyd Trust and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Hill End Residencies. Numerous articles have been published about her practice in Australian Art Collector, Australian Art Review, The Australian newspaper, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, China Ceramic Artist magazine and Vogue Living.

While completing Honours in ceramics at the National Art School, Kitson’s Formations of Silence was acquired by David Walsh for his Museum of Old and New (MONA) in Tasmania. Kitson’s work is held in public collections, including the Art Gallery of South Australia, Artbank, RMIT University collection, Shepparton Gallery, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, as well as in private collections in Australia, China, Japan, France, Germany and the UK.

Juz Kitson’s installations represent the all-encompassing taxonomic display of both human and animal condition, through the push and pull of ambiguity and abjection and motivated heavily on the writing’s of Julia Kristivas ‘Power of Horror’ and Sogyal Rinpoche’s The ‘Tibetan book of Living and Dying’, through collections of absurd materiality that incorporate inanimate objects and reclaimed animal pelts, husks and tusks sourced through the rugged terrain of the Australian landscape and full of boundless, inimitable desire through the morphing of hand formed pure porcelaneous objects made while in Jingdezhen China, the Ancient Porcelain city, endlessly celebrating the vital importance of both life and death, eros and thanatos and the constant reminder of our own materiality. These corporeal installations full and imbued with hidden meaning are raw and absurdly familiar; yet so unfamiliar. Objects no longer represent parts of body, but rather embody literally being ‘cast off’ and now represent human emotion and condition. They are soft, tender and inviting, luscious and satisfying, warm and comforting yet possibly dangerously threatening, they are something monstrous, abnormal and obscene yet oddly beautiful, they intend to hold their presence in any given space, classical in symmetry and strength and powerful without words, these sublimated ‘beings’ will be able to exist on their own terms. The objects found; through foraging over land or salvaging through Antique markets become re-contextualised, they refer to a human reaction, a feeling, a moment in time.

 

ADELAIDE BIENNIAL 2016: MAGIC OBJECT
JUZ KITSON - 'Something Sacred', 2015 Jingdezhen porcelain, southern ice porcelain, terracotta, raku clay, parrafin wax, resin, horse hair, fox fur, cashmere goat hide, cow and deer hide, marino wool, teeth, bone and animal husks, chinese silk thread, treated pine and marine ply. 2.4m x 1.10m approx dimensions. Suspended from ceiling.
SOMETHING SACRED
2015
STILL LIFE: SLEEP OF NON-BEING
2014
JUZ KITSON - 'Sanctuary No III. Desire and the Lovers' (detail), 2012
INSTINCT
2012
JUZ KITSON - The Desired Desires the Desire of the Other (detail), 2011-12, Jingdezhen porcelain, southern ice porcelain, Taiwanese porcelain slip, parrafin wax, horse hair, flocking, alpaca wool, sheep wool, plaster, polyurethane, polystyrene, nail polish, lace and natural fibres. Lustred, oxidezed and reduction fired 78 components, 300 x 185 x 28cm
MISCELLANEOUS
BIOGRAPHY
1987
Born Sydney
 
2007
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Ceramics), National Art School, Sydney
2009Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours (Ceramics) National Art School, Sydney
 Currently lives and works in regional NSW & Jingdezhen China
  
 
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014Changing Skin, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2014Still Life: sleep of non-being, GAGPROJECTS/ Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Art Stage Singapore, Australia Platform, GAGPROJECTS/Greenaway Art Gallery
2012Desire and the Other, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
London Art Fair Project Space, COMODAA
2011Viral Sanctuary, Its beautiful and deadly, Zero Art Centre, 798 Art District, Beijing
2010Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney
 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
 
2016Magic Object: 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, JamFactory, Adelaide
2015Spring 1883, The Establishment, Sydney, (GAGPROJECTS/Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide)
Turn Turn Turn curated by Glen Barkley, National Art School Gallery, sydney
Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, National Art School Gallery, sydney
Art Dubai, Greenaway Art Gallery/GAGProjects, dubai
2014Art Dubai, Dubai (GAGPROJECTS/Greenaway Art Gallery)
Revelations, RMIT University Melbourne
Start, International Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramics, Today Art Museum, Beijing
2013Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Spring Group Show, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
Enucleo, 146 ArtsSpace Hobart & Sawtooth ARI, Tasmania
2012Instinct, Greenaway Art Gallery
2011Young Guns, Summer Show, COMODAA, Gallery Maya, London
Human Experience, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery
Underfoot Overhead - Studies in Nature, Australian Centre for Craft and Design
2010Open fields, forum of creative research, experimentation and practice, Serial Space Gallery, Chippendale, Sydney
2009Honours Show, National Art School Gallery, Sydney
Young Guns, An International Survey of Contemporary Ceramics, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University
The Drawcard Show, National Art School Gallery, Sydney
2007Degree Show, National Art School Gallery, Sydney
Selected Drawings Degree Drawing show, National Art School Gallery, Sydney
2005

Express yourself, Manly Art Gallery, Sydney

 
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Brennan, J. 'Uncomfortable Territories', Australian Art Review, Issue 26, March - April, p. 70 - 7, 2011
Bundanon Featured Artist, http://www.bundanon.com.au/content/juz-kitson-in-residence, 2010
China Ceramic Artist magazine, profile images from Zero Art Centre Show 798 District Beijing, p. 58 - 61, 2012
Dwyer, L. 'Juz Kitson', Open Gallery, Spectrum, The Sydney Morning Herald, November 6 - 7, p. 13, 2010
Everguide Melbourne, Review, 'Juz Kitson's Desire and the Other at Nellie Castan Gallery', 2012
Gibson, P. 'The Wonder of Juz Kitson's curiosities - Prue gibson investigates the allure of the unnatural in nature', The Journal of Australian Ceramics, issue 50, Apr, 2011
Guy, J, 'Young Guns', catalogue, Sydney College of the Arts, 2009
Hinchy, M. 'The Lovely Bones', Vogue Living Magazine, feature profile Arts and Events, p. 95 - 96, Jul - Aug, 2012
Nezer, O. 'The Despicable and the Other', Ceramics Art and perception, p. 95 - 99, 2011
Shapiro, A. 'Juz Kitson', (radio broadcast) Canvas on FBi Radio, 07/11/2010, Sydney, 2010
 
COLLECTIONS
MONA - Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania
Private Collections in Australia, United Kingdom and Germany

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