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Jonah Groeneboer

Part Time Faculty

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 transgendered people 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.