Jonah Groeneboer is an interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, drawing, video and photo. He works within the aesthetics of post-minimalism and abstraction as a way to entangle the relational systems of form and meaning. He uses the abstract formal gesture to pose alternate spatial models to binary conceptions of social systems. Using the Theoretical foundations of new materialism and queer studies, he works with forces such as tension, gravity, light, and time, both conceptually and formally. In these works, motion, stillness, material presence and absence co-occur, and address questions of proximity, perception, position, and orientation. This place of inquiry begins with his queer and transgender subjectivity.
Current and Forthcoming shows include the Queens International at the Queens Museum, Objects are Slow Events at CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, and Shifters at Art in General. His work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY (2015), Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Houston, TX (2015), Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts in Winnipeg, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY (2013), Shoshawna Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2010), and Exile, Berlin, Germany(2010) . His work has been written about in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Art 21.com and Art Journal. He has been an artist in residence at Ox-Bow School of Art, the Fire Island Artist Residency, and Recess's Session program in New York City. Jonah Groeneboer studied at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, received a BFA in Intermedia at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR in 2005, and an MFA in Studio Art at New York University, New York, NY in 2007.
SOLO, GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND ARTIST PUBLICATIONS
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
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.
THE DISLOCATED CENTER OF THE MATERIAL WORLD, Galveston Art Residency, Galveston, TX
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
Pretty Vacant, Collective Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Resurrection, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
A Certain Ratio, Roots & Culture, Chicago, IL.
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.
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.
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.
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 ARTIST TALKS
Recess's Session Program, New York, NY, 2015
FIAR, Fire Island Artist residency, Fire Island, NY, 2014
Visiting Artist, Shandaken Artist Residency, Shandaken, NY, 2014
Herstory Inventory Panel Paricipant, The New York Public Library, New York, NY, 2014
Artist in Residence, Galveston Artist Residency, Galveston, TX, 2013
4 x 4: Four Contemporary Artists, Four Approaches to Drawing, The Drawing Center,
New York, NY, 2010
# Class Collecting Panel Participant, Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY. 2009
Artist Talk, Ox-Bow, Saugatauk, MI, 2008
Artist in Residence, Ox-Bow, Saugatauk, MI, 2008
Visiting Artist, New York University, New York, NY. 2008
“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).
"Black on Black," Eugene Thacker. Mute Magazine. MetaMute, 17 July 2013. Web.
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.