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Robert Fontanelli
updated: 07/16/2014
website: http://www.robertfontanelli.com/
 
   
 
 
     
 
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New Whitney versus old meatpacking district
Met jammed into Whitney
What made M.A.D. glad
Lawn Furniture Versus Interior Design
Furniture House
Furniture House on Steroids
Paul Frankl in Paul Frankl
Frankl cloud table in Frankl bookcase
Mommy Table
Sofa stuffed inside kitchen cabinets, table and picture frame
Afterlife installation
Fondle Tom Dixon's Peg Coat Stand...and it fondles you back.
Eames DCW Love
Knit House Mask
Matta-Clark Belt
 
Portfolio Keywords:  biomorphic, conceptual, consumer culture, erotic, fantasy, figurative, violence, surreal, gender/sexuality, architecture
 
 
New Whitney versus old meatpacking district by Robert Fontanelli
New Whitney versus old meatpacking district
Gouache and pencil on paper
2014
22" x  22" 
Met jammed into Whitney by Robert Fontanelli
Met jammed into Whitney
Gouache and pencil on paper
2013
12" x  18" 
What made M.A.D. glad by Robert Fontanelli
What made M.A.D. glad
Gouache and pencil on paper
2013
14" x  11" 
Lawn Furniture Versus Interior Design by Robert Fontanelli
Lawn Furniture Versus Interior Design
Archival ink and gouache on paper
2013
22 " x  30 " 
Furniture House by Robert Fontanelli
Furniture House
Pencil and gouache on paper
2012
24" x  18" 
Furniture House on Steroids by Robert Fontanelli
Furniture House on Steroids
Archival ink and gouache on paper
2012
29 " x  22 " 
Paul Frankl in Paul Frankl by Robert Fontanelli
Paul Frankl in Paul Frankl
Gouache and pencil on paper
2013
51" x  35" 
Frankl cloud table in Frankl bookcase by Robert Fontanelli
Frankl cloud table in Frankl bookcase
Gouache and pencil on paper
2013
51" x  35" 
Mommy Table by Robert Fontanelli
Mommy Table
Gouache on paper
2013
60" x  40" 
Sofa stuffed inside kitchen cabinets, table and picture frame by Robert Fontanelli
Sofa stuffed inside kitchen cabinets, table and picture frame
color pencil
2013
9.5" x  13.25" 
Afterlife installation by Robert Fontanelli
Afterlife installation
Low-tech installation of two hundred 8.5 x 11 tiled printouts from home printer taped together. All archival
2014
110" x  140" 
Fondle Tom Dixon's Peg Coat Stand...and it fondles you back. by Robert Fontanelli
Fondle Tom Dixon's Peg Coat Stand...and it fondles you back.
Gouache and pencil on paper
2013
20" x  14" 
Eames DCW Love by Robert Fontanelli
Eames DCW Love
Pencil and gouache on paper
2012
18" x  12" 
Knit House Mask by Robert Fontanelli
Knit House Mask
Wool and Fabric
2012
16" x  8.25"  x 8.25" 
Matta-Clark Belt by Robert Fontanelli
Matta-Clark Belt
Wood, homasote, leather, plexiglass, canvas
2012
9" x  16"  x 9" 

Artist Statement
In my work, the voluptuous shapes of 20-21st century modernist furniture and design are used to explore aggression and passivity. I am interested in how taste in furniture can be viewed as an extension of one’s personality. And how it can be used to express who an individual is (or wants to be) on a surface level, in a similar way that clothing announces who we are, or masks who we are. The work is also about becoming trapped by possessions or material desires, and the vicious cycle of living paycheck to paycheck to afford these items. As an obsessive collector of art and objects, through my artwork I confront my own acquiring and the sometimes negative consequences of materialism.

I work in a graphic style that borrows from fashion illustration and erotic drawing. The sculptural shapes of furniture lend themselves to plasticity, and therefore allow me to express deeper meanings to what appears at first to be fun or silly. Bright colors, populist shapes and familiar styles are enlisted to entice the viewer into a subtly underlying message of violence or victimization.

Born and raised in New York City, a sense of an overwhelming environment defines much of my work.

Artist Bio / CV

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014       Feature Inc, NYC. Upfront project room installation. 
2013       Antebellum, LA, Calif. The Dirty Carnival.
2012       Envoy Enterprises, NYC. Spunk Issue 8 launch. Performance.
2011       Feature Inc, NYC. I am not Monogamus, I heart poetry.
2011       Milk Gallery, NYC. Japan Rising.
2010       Feature Inc, NYC. Tom of Finland and then some.
2010       Feature Inc, NYC. May Day Show.
2010       Second Floor Gallery, NYC. A Feast of Fools.
2010       PS122, NYC. Closing show.
2010       Lyons Weir Gallery, NYC. Art Bazaar.
2010-09  Postcards From The Edge, NYC, Visual Aids Benefit.
2009       Envoy Enterprises, NYC. Spunk 6 Launch.
2008       Leslie-Lohman, NYC. The Line of Fashion.
2008       Atlantic Gallery, NYC. S-7 Show.  
2008-01  PS122, NYC. Benefit Show.
2000       PS122, NYC. 2 person show.


COMMISSIONS
2010       PR portraits for Casey Spooner of Fischerspooner.
2005       Haroun + Mosqueda. Drawing for fashion label.
2002       Saturday Night Live. Drawings shown on air.
2001       e.vil. Subversive drawings for clothing. queenofevil.com


PUBLICATIONS
2012-10  Spunk Arts Magazine, 7 - 8 (illus, photography).
2009       Spunk Arts Magazine, 6  (illus). “Ready to hang.” (author).
2008-04  Spunk Arts Magazine, 5 - 2 (illus).
2008       Time Out New York, Heads of the Curve. 9/18 Pg 145 (illus).
2003       Spunk Arts Magazine, #1 (illus). “Artillery: What’s out there that can inspire you.” (author).

BLOGS
2012       Blouin Artinfo  http://blogs.artinfo.com/objectlessons/2012/
2012       Lookbooks  http://lookbooks.com/news/
2010      “An afternoon with...”  http://anafternoonwith.com/

EDUCATION
Parson’s, SVA, F.I.T., Greenwich House. BFA: Pratt Institute, NY.