Black-Throated Mango #36
- Archival inkjet print on acid-free paper, stainless steel, aluminum, bearings, motor, and electronics
- 4" x 4" x 6"
"The flipbook machine is a sculpture that brings images to life through paper and mechanics. This animation was originally curated by the Art in Embassies US Department of State program for the US embassy in Paraguay. I collaborated with my sister Sheila on the images and animations. The Black-Throated Mango is a tropical hummingbird that flaps its wings around 12 times per second. This is also the exact frame rate that the papers of the machine flip over at."
- J.C. Fontanive
This artwork is a limited edition of 75, this specific piece is #36/75. The flipbook machine is powered by USB and lasts 72 hours of operation off one charge. It includes an on/off power switch and a keyhole for wall-mounting.
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J. C. Fontanive was born and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and received his BA from Syracuse University, and an MA from The Royal College of Art, London. His work has been shown at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Monash University Museum of Art, The Oliver Ranch Foundation, Columbus Metropolitan Library, The Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Gulbenkian Foundation, Tyler Museum of Art, Museum Meermanno Huis van het Boek, The Hague, The Nassau Museum of Art, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland, The Center for Book Arts, The Contemporary Art Society, London, among others. Fontanive won the 2018 Brooke and Hap Stein Emerging Artist Prize, MOCA Jacksonville and The Desmond Preston Drawing Prize, The Royal College of Art, and has also been awarded the residency at The Marble House Project, VT. Fontanive lives and works in New York, NY.