J.C. Fontanive

Artist Profile

J.C. Fontanive

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.

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EDUCATION

2006   MA, The Royal College of Art, London, UK.
1999   BA, Syracuse University, New York.

ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2022   Carol Corey Gallery, Kent, CT. [upcoming]
2022   Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX. [upcoming]

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.


Artist Statement:

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.