Jonah Groeneboer (born 1978) is a New York-based interdisciplinary transgender artist working in abstraction to address the politics of representation. He developed this strategy to examine the expectation that the transgendered body be readily available for visual scrutiny. 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, implicating the position of viewership and the environment. Forces such as tension, gravity, light and sound are both structural and material in his work. Groeneboer’s sculptures and diptychs are often described as unphotographable. These materially spare works are used by Groeneboer to question visual perception’s capacity to produce complete comprehension. The 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 David Zwirner (2018), Boston University Galleries (2017), 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. Essays and Reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Art 21.com, Mute Magazine, Artforum.com Temporary Art Review, Art Journal, and in Pink Labour on Golden Streets “Appearing Differently: Abstraction’s Transgender and Queer Capacities.” Residencies include Ox-Bow School of Art, the Fire Island Artist Residency, and Recess. In 2018, he participated on a panel at the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art in conjunction with Zoe Leonard’s Survey. He currently teaches in the MFA program in the School of Art, Media, and Technology at the New School.

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


2018


This is not a Prop, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY

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


2019


Canada Council for the Arts: Explore and Create Grant

2018


Arteles Creative Center, Haukijärvi, Finland
Canada Council for the Arts: Arts Abroad Grant

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


2018


Strange Fruit, Panel in conjunction with Zoe Leonard's retrospective Survey. Panelists include Gregg Bordowitz, Jonah Groeneboer, Katherine Hubbard, Fred Moten, Cameron Rowland, and Christian Scheidemann moderated by Elisabeth Sherman, The Whitney Museum, New York, NY

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


2017


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.

2016


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

2015


“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).

2014


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

2013


"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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2012


Martha Schwendener: Collaborative and Solo, With a Certain Feminist Bent. The New York Times, September 7, 2012

2010


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

2008


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.

2007


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