PROJECT SPACE / 31 January to 22 March 2018 (Opening Thursday 22 February 5-7pm)
SPEAKER / Tuesday 13 March 12.30pm-1.30pm
For this newly commissioned exhibition at RMIT Project Space, Just will present an installation of a new series of neon works inspired by the use of feminist hashtags in social media spaces to generate dialogue and attention about the current issue of sexual harassment and violence against women. Focussing on the placement of four key neon phrases, including How I Will Change, upon pastel painted walls, Just’s installation highlights the undercurrent of optimism and inclusion in texts which centre on sharing, solidarity and social transformation.
Kate Just is an established American born, Melbourne-based artist well known for her knitted sculptural, and pictorial work, as well as installation-based, public and participatory art projects often deploying text, textiles, clothing, knitting and neon. Central to Just’s practice is the desire to subjectively engage with, transform or reimagine histories of gendered representation.
Kate Just was born in Connecticut, USA in 1974, and migrated to Melbourne, Australia in 1996. Just holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Sculpture) from Monash University, a Master of Arts from RMIT and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts where she has been a Lecturer in Art since 2005. Just has exhibited in over a hundred solo and group exhibitions across Australia including at ACCA, National Gallery of Australia, Craft Victoria, Gertrude Contemporary, West Space, CCP, Melbourne Art Fair, Silvershot, Contemporary Art Space of Tasmania, First Draft, MOP, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, and Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Internationally, Just has exhibited her work at A.I.R. Gallery and AC Institute in New York, Titanik Galleria in Finland, Nanjing University in China, Auckland Art Fair, The Factory at Kunsthalle Krems, Austria, Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo, Japan, Hive Gallery in Los Angeles, Sanskriti Art Gallery in New Delhi and the Rijswijk Museum in the Netherlands. Just has been the recipient of numerous grants and prizes. Just was the winner of the 2007 Siemens Travel Award, the 2012 British Council Realise Your Dream Award, the 2013 Rupert Bunny Visual Arts Fellowship and the 2015 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award and has been awarded grants from Australia Council for the Arts, City of Melbourne and Arts Victoria. She has undertaken international residencies at Krems (AIR), the Australia Council Studio Barcelona, Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo, an Asialink residency at Sanskriti Kendra in New Delhi. Just's work is held in private and public collections including The National Gallery of Australia, Artbank, Ergas Collection, City of Port Phillip, and Ararat Regional Art Gallery.