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.
J.C. FontaniveBlack-Throated Mango #35, 2021
J.C. FontaniveNew Rose, 2019
J.C. FontanivePurple-Throated Euphonia, 2021
J.C. FontanivePart of the Reason, 2019
J.C. FontaniveDimensional Interval, 2019
J.C. FontaniveIf/Then, 2019
J.C. FontaniveOrange-Barred Sulphur, 2021
J.C. FontaniveTo Fast In Fires, 2019
J.C. FontaniveBlack-Throated Mango #36, 2021
J.C. FontaniveDreamer, 2023
J.C. FontaniveVagaries, 2023
J.C. FontaniveDistant Shores, 2023
J.C. FontaniveCuyahoga, 2023
2006 MA, The Royal College of Art, London, UK.
1999 BA, Syracuse University, New York.
ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2022 Difference City, Carol Corey Gallery, Kent, CT.
2022 Afar Tree, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX.
2019 Faster Then I Thought, Danese/Corey Gallery, New York, NY.
2019 The Ones After The Physical Ones, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX.
2017 Movement 4, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL.
2017 Machine Language, Guest Spot @ The Reinstitute, Baltimore.
2016 Films Without Light, Riflemaker Gallery, London.
2016 Reflected Yeses, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX.
2016 Films Without Light, Danese/Corey Gallery, New York, NY.
2015 Together Principle, Y Gallery, New York, NY.
2014 Myxathesys, Carbono Galeria, São Paulo.
2014 Ornithology, Savernack Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2012 See-Sounds, Riflemaker Gallery, London.
2010 Liveliness, Volta 6, Basel, Switzerland
2009 Zoo Solo Works, Zoo Art Enterprises, London.
2008 Tin Tan, Riflemaker Gallery, London.
2006 Paper Films, Riflemaker Gallery, London.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2022 Revolve: Spotlight on the Permanent Collection, Cummer Museum, Jacksonville, FL.
2022 Cross Pollination and Our Contemporary Moment, Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, AR.
2021 Origens & Evolução, Federação das Indústrias do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo.
2021 Cross Pollination and Our Contemporary Moment, Thomas Cole Site, Catskill, NY.
2021 Un/NaturalSelections, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY.
2021 Chronometry, Festival Art Souterrain, Montreal.
2021 Garden Party, Carol Corey Fine Art, Kent, NY.
2021 Melodies, SUNY Albany Art Department, Albany, NY.
2020 Cross Pollination, The Cummer Museum of Art, Jacksonville, FL.
2020 Exquisite Corpse, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX.
2020 Abstraction Hot And Cool, Danese/Corey Gallery, New York, NY.
2019 Creatures, Olsen Gruin Gallery, New York, NY.
2019 In The Summertime, Danese/Corey Gallery, New York, NY.
2019 Parallels and Peripheries, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI.
2018 Attentive Arrangements, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL.
2018 It Passes Like A Thought, Beall Center for Art + Technology, Irvine, CA.
2018 Scape, Danese/Corey Gallery, New York, NY.
2017 Connecting to The Beginning, Dowd Gallery, SUNY Cortland, New York.
2017 Fool The Eye, Nassau Museum of Art, New York
2017 The House of the Book | Museum Meermanno, The Hague, Netherlands.
2017 The Internal Machine, New York Center for Book Arts, New York, NY
2017 Radical Kingdoms, Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, NY.
2016 Contemporary Art Moscow University Apothecarie's Garden, Moscow, Russia.
2016 Historie Naturelle, La Frontiera, Paris, France.
2016 Brooklyn Comes to Westport, Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA.
2016 Conference of the Birds, Shirley Fiterman Art Center, New York, NY.
2016 BRIC Contemporary Artist Registry Short List.
2016 The Rabbit Hole, Sharon Art Center, Peterborough, NH.
2015 Paradise Syndrome, PEANA Projects at Puccio Marble Works, Brooklyn, NY.
2015 New Artists Feature 120, Culturehall.
2015 Cross Pollinated, Center For the Arts Gallery, Towson University, Baltimore.
2015 Se Liga!, The Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro.
2015 Habitats outdoor sculpture show, Market Art & Design, Bridgehampton, NY.
2015 Dutton Gallery at Gansevoort St, New York, NY.
2015 Home Improvement, Rock Street outdoor sculpture show, Bushwick, NY.
2015 The Experiences Of Beauty, Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne, France.
2015 Flock, Ganna Walska Lotusland, Santa Barbara, CA.
2014 Human Machinery, +81 Gallery, New York, NY.
2014 On, Noire Gallery, Turin, Italy.
2014 The Scars Are Not Just Skin Deep, Cob Gallery, London, UK.
2014 Dear Paul, Fridge Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2014 Mating Season, The Lodge Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Iridescent Behavior, The True Wheel, Brooklyn, NY.
2013 WAH Bridges Bushwick, The WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY.
2013 Unsteady Ground, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ.
2013 The Window 235 Bowery, New Museum, New York, NY.
2013 A Riflemaker Exhibition, Riflemaker Gallery, London.
2013 Voyage Autour De Ma Chambre, Noire Gallery, Switzerland.
2013 Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Devon, UK.
2012 Reveal + Hidden, Guestspot, Baltimore.
2012 LEAP!, Contemporary Art Society, London.
2012 A Gush of Water Cleared the Land, The Running Horse, Beirut.
2011 photo LA., Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA.
2011 Precarious Interchange, Waxy Pith, Brussels, Belgium.
2011 7+1 Group Show, Brooklyn, New York.
2011 3rd Ward Group Show, Brooklyn, New York.
2011 Trompe Le Monde, Occupy Space, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland.
2010 For The Sake of the Image, Jerwood Gallery, London. Intimate Spaces, Galerie8, London.
2009 Obsession: contemporary art from the Lodeveans Collection, Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds, UK.
2008 Indica, Nyehaus Gallery, New York, NY.
2007 Ingenuity, The Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon.
2006 Magnetic Vision, Kinetica Museum, London.
2006 Riflemaker becomes Indica, Riflemaker Gallery, London.
2006 Sensory Material, Bonhams, London.
2006 photoLondon, The Royal Academy of Art, London.
2006 The Show, Royal College of Art, London.
2005 Dead Aim, Riflemaker Gallery, London.
2005 Under Five's, 39 Space, London.
2005 60 Seconds, The Gallery Southwark Park, Bermondsey, London.
2005 Typography and Gridlock, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London.
2005 MAN Group Drawing Prize Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London.
AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
2018 Brooke and Hap Stein Emerging Artist Prize, MOCA Jacksonville.
2016 Marble House Project Residency, Dorset, VT.
2010 Jerwood Painting Prize, shortlist, Jerwood Space, London.
2004 Desmond Preston Drawing Prize, The Royal College of Art.
1999 Louise Wetherbee Phelps Award for Writing.
Movement, cinema and mechanics are a common thread found in my work, spanning various mediums – from kinetic machines and animations to carved wooden reliefs. Inspired by movement found in the complexity of city streets, to the way leaves fall, or how a tree is structured; each process informed by each other. Machines and mobiles have their own movement and animate, while other still mediums, like wooden wall-sculptures also retain the impression of spinning wheels, levers, film reels or pulleys. The work contains literal structures; built from wood or metal, and also figurative structures; compositions reacting to the idea of gravity, air resistance, or centripetal force. Ultimately the metaphorical idea of constructing is an attempt to try to understand the designing force of nature and evolution through time.