Axis Mundi | Mungo Labyrinth relates to Kimberley’s ongoing series, Tremezzo (2013-2015) which articulates particular intercultural spatiality that is neither appropriated nor original; landscape nor country. This work follows on from three earlier projects titled, Tremezzo (Hobart, 2013), Worlds End Highway (Helsinki, 2014) and Formal | Informal (Mildura, 2015).
Axis Mundi | Mungo Labyrinth was arranged to interact with Koji Ryui’s work, untitled drawing (for Unmapping the End of the World), as a collaboration.
Jonathan Kimberley’s art practice alternates between solo and collaborative projects, critiquing and expanding the discussion around intercultural collaboration in the context of global contemporaneity. As well as numerous solo exhibitions his first collaborative exhibition, with Patrick Mung Mung, Living Water Travelling Water’ (2004), was followed by durational projects with puralia meenamatta (Jim Everett), meenamatta lena narla puellakanny, Tasmania and Italy (2006-09); with Ngipi Ward, Pulpurru Davies, Manupa Butler, Nancy Carnegie, Norma Giles, Paul Carnegie & Jodie Carnegie (Kayili Artists), Gibson Desert, WA, Kuluntjarra World Map (The Nine Collaborations) (2008-10); with Jim Everett, Ricky Mitchell, Aunty Lottie and Domenico de Pieri, The Global Dome Unlimited, ‘Mildura Palimpsest Bienniale #8’ (2011); and Tremezzo (2013-15) combining multi-channel 3.5 minute HD video large wall drawings.
Jonathan is a curator and interdisciplinary artist who has worked for almost 20 years developing intercultural collaborative projects across Australia and internationally. Including: founding Manager & Curator (1998-2001) and Senior Manager & Curator (2012-13), Warmun Art Centre, Western Australia which included the facilitation of Lena Nyadbi’s major installation, Dayiwul Lirlmim (Barramundi Scales) on the rooftop of the Musee du quai Branly in Paris and establishing the ‘Gija Two-Way Learning Program’ in partnership with the CCMC at the University of Melbourne; and more than ten years working as a full-time artist and independent arts manager across inland Australia and Tasmania.
BA (Fine Art) RMIT University Melbourne (1990) and an MFA University of Western Australia (2010). His work is held in numerous public and private collections.
Represented by: Bett Gallery Hobart