Juan Fontanive

 

Juan Fontanive makes films without using light. Often recycling the mechanical parts of found clocks and pushbikes as the portable containers of his ‘animations’, his interest lies in the beauty of sequential and repetitive movement. Hand drawn characters, human and typographical, occur in a cranky flip-book module powered by oxide. Pages fall in neat layers in the manner of a paper fountain, somewhere between film and sculpture – there is no ‘screen’ as such. His filmstock is often pulped card or metal leaves.

Tot Taylor, Riflemaker Gallery

 

Juan Fontanive grew up climbing the rusted iron bridges of Cleveland. While at the Royal College of Art, London, he breathed spirits into Victorian clocks. Currently, his studio is in a buzzing factory in Bushwick, NYC.

 

    7_strangerthanparadise57_stranger1 STRANGER THAN PARADISE, 2011

Stained plywood, swivel bearings, hardware

12 FT x 2 FT x 2 FT

Variable

OrnithS_2

ORNITHOLOGY S., 2014

4 color screen print on bristol paper, stainless steel, motor and electronics

12.7 cm x 9.4 cm x 10.1 cm

53_flip-book-machine-rubi3-600-fontaniveRUBÍ, 2013

4 color screen print on watercolor paper, stainless steel, motor and electronics

12.7 cm x 9.4 cm x 10.1 cm

Ornithology_E_fontanive61_ornithefontanive3ORNITHOLOGY E., 2013

Collage on bristol paper, stainless steel, motor and electronics

23 x 3.7 x 4 in

COLIBRI, 2011

Graphite and colored pencil on paper, stainless steel, delrin, motor, electronics

10 x 10 x 12.7 cm

VIVARIUM A & B, 2014

4 color screen print on bristol paper, stainless steel, motor and electronics

20 x 21 x 3.7 in

 

Courtesy of the artist

http://juanfontanive.com/

 

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