Title: Untitled (A temporary work, no longer on site)


Artist: Johannes Zits   Exhibition year: 2012

Strolling in the Tree Museum last fall, Johannes came upon a magnificent spruce tree. He imagined himself nestled high up in it, shedding his clothes and wrapping the tree with them. As the idea grew, he envisioned placing large bundles of clothes under its boughs. Clothing would be pulled from the piles to cover the trunk with this new attire. In his mind, he saw that eventually he would adorn the entire inner canopy with an arrangement of clothing.
At first glance this action may seem absurd but for Johannes it evokes making an association between the nakedness of nature and a human being, as well as the ideas of conspicuous consumption in an age of recycling. The action subtly references the Tree of Knowledge, poking fun at the humility that Adam and Eve suffered after having bitten into the forbidden fruit.
The body has always solicited a powerful range of associations. It invites intimacy, elicits desire, provokes feelings of shame and guilt, and challenges norms of social decorum. Johannes makes art in a range of different mediums; the constant throughout is his interest in our perception of the human body. His work explores the dynamics between the personal and the public, and how these interact to construct the self.
Note: Johannes Zits is creating a new performance work for Culture Days-Ontario @ The Tree Museum Sunday, September 30, 2012, 2:00 AM - 3:00 AM.

Johannes Zits works with and combines digital imaging, collage, photography and painting to focus on the body. His work intends to draw attention to both the conventional image-making process as well as the ways images from mass media are disseminated and consumed. He received his BFA from York University in 1984. He has shown both in Canada and abroad. Zits travels widely while pursuing his art research. His extended stays in various cities include Taipei, Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Shanghai, Manchester, Hamburg, Santiago, London and Berlin. In January 2008 he presented a major solo exhibition highlighting his many disciplines at the Centre D'Art Contemporain de Basse Normandie, Caen, France.