watercolor and images transfer on bristol paper, steel, aluminum and electronics
Juan Fontanive creates machines that combine moving images with clockwork mechanisms. His work employs qualities of drawing and film, arrangements of thin metal wires connected to colored papers drawn through time. They put in motion the unsaid of imagery: what movement does to shape, what sound does to line. 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. His machines long to free images; they combine to form a medium in themselves exploring the vividness of living things.