JUAN FONTANIVE – FILP BOOK MACHINES

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Juan Fontanive (based in NY) creates machines that combine moving images with clockwork mechanisms. His hand-made screens and metal structures are deeply influenced by the moving image — from shutters and reels to illusory flickering. Responding to the lack of movement found in our current electronics age, he is interested in actual movement in relation to virtual.
As Tot Tailer (from Riflemaker Gallery) said, what Fontanive makes is like a kind of films without using light. Often recycling the mechanical parts of found clocks and pushbikes as the portable containers of his ‘animations’.
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 machines long to free images; they combine to form a medium in themselves exploring the vividness of living things, like the birds or the fishes, producing a perpetual flying or floating. Enjoy!

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