Jonny Niesche explores the expanded field of painting and abstraction. His work is post minimal and materially fetishistic, using glitter, mirrors, translucent custom-dyed fabrics and welded steel armature. It evokes a juncture between painting and sculpture and aims to bring forth associations from every type of experience, recasting our understanding of the effects of light and colour on the senses.
Jonny completed an MFA at Sydney College of the Arts (2013) under Mikala Dwyer and studied under Heimo Zobernig at Academy Fine Arts in Vienna (2013). After winning the Fauvette Loureiro Travelling Scholarship (2015) he recommenced a period of work and study in Vienna under Zobernig in 2015 where he held his first solo international exhibition New Jörg, New Jörg at New Jörg Kunstverein, Vienna. In 2015 and 2016 he was curated into three national institutional group shows: Shut up and Paint (NGV); Painting. More Painting (ACCA) and The Kaleidoscopic Turn (NGV).
Recent group exhibitions include 2016: Another Green World, Sarah Cottier Gallery; Spring 1883, Melbourne and Sydney; It’s all underneath the floor, its all between the walls, Hestinger Atelier, Vienna; 2015: Gesso Artspace, Parallel Vienna; Sharing space, Postgasse, Vienna; NADA NYC, U.S.A. Solo exhibitions include: Picture this, STATION, Melbourne, 2016; Cosmos Cosmetics, Minerva, Sydney 2016; Sundial, STATION, Melbourne, 2016 and Vegas can be, Minerva, Sydney 2014. His work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, MONA, Artbank, and private collections in USA, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Cosmos cosmetics (installation view), 2016, Minerva Sydney. Photo: Jessica Maurer
Cosmos cosmetics, 2016, voile and acrylic mirror. Photo: Ashley Barber
Picture This (installation view), 2016, Station Gallery. Photo: Jack Willet
Networking all edges, 2016, voile and wood