Jonah Jan Groeneboer is a conceptual interdisciplinary transgender artist working in abstraction to address the politics of representation. This strategy developed to examine the expectation that the transexual body be readily available for representation. The work offers a slowed-down experience where minute shifts over time replace binary understandings. He creates aesthetically paired down forms that respond to or are dependent on the architecture and light conditions of the exhibition space, activating the context of the position of viewership and the environment. Forces such as tension, gravity, light, time, and sound are both structural and material in his work. In these works, motion, stillness, material presence and absence co-occur to address viability of visual perception as synonymous with knowing. An impossibility of seeing in totality is an integral concept in his work, providing a counterpoint to Minimalism by its insistence on a political position within these contingencies.

His work has shown at the Boston University Galleries (2017), as part of PopRally at MoMA (2016), Art in General (2016), the Queens Museum (2016), CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art (2016), MoMA PS1(2015), Contemporary Art Museum Houston (2015), Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts in Winnipeg(2015), Andrew Edlin Gallery, NY (2013), Shoshawna Wayne Gallery, CA (2010), and Exile, Berlin(2010) Among others. Reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Art 21.com, Mute Magazine, Artforum.com, Art Journal, and Essays in Pink Labour on Golden Streets“Appearing Differently: Abstraction’s Transgender and Queer Capacities.” and onTemporary Art Review, “Seeing Commitments: Jonah Groeneboer's Ethics of Discernment," both by David Getsy. Residencies include Ox-Bow School of Art, the Fire Island Artist Residency, and Recess.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2015


Blue Shift, Platform Center for Photographic and Digital Arts, Winnipeg, MB
Double Mouth Feedback, Recess Sessions, New York, NY

2013


The Dislocated Center of the Material World, Galveston Art Residency, Galveston, TX

2008


The Measure, Bellwether Gallery, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2017


A Collection of Slow Events, The Luminary, St. Louis, MO.
Oppositions, The Luminary, St. Louis, MO.
Occupancy, Boston University Galleries, Boston, MA.

2016


Shifters, Art in General, Brooklyn, NY
The Queens International, The Queens Museum, Queens, NY
Objects are Slow Events, Hessel Museum of Art and CCS Bard Galleries, Bard College, NY
Language of Birds, 80WSE, New York, NY

2015


Greater New York, MoMA PS1, Queens, NY
Double Mouth Feedback, Recess, NY
Island Time, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Houston, TX
Blue Shift, Platform Center for Photographic and Digital Arts, Winnipeg, MB. Solo.

2013


The Dislocated Center of the material world, Galveston Art Residency, Galveston, TX

2012


B-OUT, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
Herstory Inventory. 100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists, Brooklyn Museum, NY
Herstory Inventory. 100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria

2011


Pretty Vacant, Collective Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Resurrection, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
A Certain Ratio, Roots & Culture, Chicago, IL.

2010


The Every Other Day, Ideobox Artspace, Miami, FL.
The NY Art Book Fair, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
Material/Immaterial, Shoshawna Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
Lost Horizon, EXILE Ausstellungraum, Berlin, Germany.
Ox-Bow Centennial Show, Roots and Culture, Chicago, IL.

2009


Evading Customs, Brown Gallery, London, England.
Drawing Gifts, The Drawing Center Benefit, New York, NY.
The Noble Savage and the Little Tramp, Mount Tremper Arts, NY.
DiSoRgAnIzEd, Museum 52, New York, NY.
<>, The Commons, New York University, NY.
Works on Paper, Bellwether, New York, NY.

2008


Sonata for Executioner and Various Young Women, André Schlechtriem, New York, NY. Curated by Nick Weist.
K48 (Installation), Torpedo Kunstbokhandelen, Oslo, Norway.
New Black, Triple Canopy, Starr Space, Brooklyn, NY.
O Canada, MC Gallery, New York, NY.
TWO by TWO for AIDS and Art, The Rachofsky House , Dallas, Texas.
K48, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY.
If I told you you were beautiful, Oliver Kamm, New York, NY.
The Measure, Bellwether Gallery, New York, NY. Solo.

2007


Beginnings, Why and Wherefore. Curitorial Website Project by Summer Guthery, Lumi Tan and Nicholas Weist.
All is Well That Begins Well and Has No End, 80WSE Gallery, New York, NY.
07/08, Bellwether Gallery, New York, NY.
Look Away, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, NY. Curated by Jon Torreano and Michael St James.
MFA Exhibition, 80WSE Galleries, New York University, New York, NY.
Inter-Dimensional Mirror, The Armory Show, Bellwether, New York, NY.
Aspects, Forms, and Figures. Bellwether, New York, NY. Curated by Joao Ribas and Becky Smith.

RESIDENCIES AND AWARDS


2016


Art in General's New Commissions Program, Brooklyn, NY

2015


Recess Session Program, Recess, New York, NY

2014


FIAR, Fire Island Artist residency, Fire Island, NY
Visiting Artist, Shandaken Artist Residency, Shandaken, NY

2013


Exhibition Residency, Galveston Artist Residency, Galveston, TX

2008


Artist in Residence, Ox-Bow, Saugatauk, MI

ARTIST TALKS AND PANELS


2017


Artist Talk, Boston University Galleries, Boston, MA

2016


Rethinking Residencies Panel, Triangle Arts, Brooklyn, NY
Artist Talk, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

2015


Double Mouth Feedback Artist Talk, MoMA PS1, Queens, NY
Artist Talk, Platform, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Reading, Adult Contemporary Reading Series, New York, NY

2014


FIAR Artist in Residency Talks, Fire Island Artist residency, Fire Island, NY
Herstory Inventory Panel Paricipant, The New York Public Library, New York, NY

2010


4 x 4: Four Contemporary Artists, Four Approaches to Drawing, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

2009


# Class Collecting Panel Participant, Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY

2008


Visiting Artist Lecture, New York University, New York, NY
Artist Talk, Ox-Bow, Saugatauk, MI

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY


O'Rouke, John “Occupancies Explores the World of Our Bodies.” Boston University Today, 24 February, 2017. Web.

Mcquaid, Cate. “At BU, the Art of Protest.” The Boston Globe, February 16, 2017

Pulse: On Jonah Groeneboer's, “The potential in Waves Colliding,” by Svetlana Kitto. Girls Like Us Issue Nine : Dance and Dancing, 2017.

“Seeing Commitments: Jonah Groeneboer's Ethics of Discernment," David Getsy, Temporary Art Review, March 8 2016

“Appearing Differently: Abstraction’s Transgender and Queer Capacities, an interview with David Getsy,” William Simmons, interviewer, in Dietmar Schwarzler, et al., eds., Pink Labour on Golden Streets: When Form Becomes Politics (Vienna: Schriftenreihe of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, and Sternberg Press, Fall 2015).

“The Unforeclosed,” David J. Getsy, Flex catalogue essay, 2014

"Queer Formalisms: Jennifer Doyle and David Getsy in Conversation," Art Journal 72.4 (Winter 2013).
Thacker, Eugene. "Black on Black." Mute Magazine. MetaMute, 17 July 2013. Web.
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Martha Schwendener: Collaborative and Solo, With a Certain Feminist Bent. The New York Times, September 7, 2012

Fitzgerald, Ali. "Lives and Works in Berlin: Head Shop / Lost Horizon at Exile." Art 21 Blog. Art 21, 02 September 2010. Web..

Scott, Andrea, "Jonah Groeneboer," The New Yorker, Feb 4, 2008, p. 12.

Rosenberg, Karen, "Jonah Groeneboer, The Measure" The New York Times, Feb 1, 2008. p. E35

Willse, Craig, "Craig Willse talks to Jonah Groeneboer," NY Arts Magazine, Jan 2008, Vol. 13, No. 1/2, p.36
Weist, Nicholas, "A Look at Jonah Groeneboer," ARTslant, Jan 8, 2008.

Cotter, Holland, “Art in Review: Aspects, Forms and Figures,” The New York Times, March 2, 2007.