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Jason M. Rondinelli
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Gravesend



ARTIST STATEMENT: Drywall, cabbage juice and coconut oil, rotting roses and cedar planks — these physical materials are the extensions of my memory, intention and pleasure. From warm memories of bathhouses and the flesh of others to managing illness at home, my artwork distills a lived experience into material reality. These materials take the shape of sculptural networks that serve as biographical biomes. The architectural and organic components of the work are sourced from my own experience and the surreal writings of French novelist, Jean Genet. Jean Genet has expanded my ideas about aesthetics and desire. In a single statement he pairs the sweet smell of wisteria with an acidic description of sexual initiation. Reading him has helped me contextualize my work within a continuum of queer male experience and aids me in envisioning bolder forms of sociality and sculpture. I draw from his many floral references as a type of ingredient list, assembling them throughout my sculptures as a way to interject their metaphorical associations to the body, death and love. The placement of these signs within the porous surface of drywall or cedar, affects them, changing their form and making them fragrant. Though some of these floral references are not directly decipherable, it is my hope that the work performs in a primal manner similar to Genet’s exclamation, "I shit out my guts in his presence" where "wilted flowers would grow.”
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ARTIST RESUME:


Jason Rondinelli

Education

2018 Hunter College, MFA in Studio Art, with a concentration in Sculpture, New York, NY
2002 Pratt Institute, Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design Education, Brooklyn NY

Residencies and Fellowships

2019 Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship Nominee, New York, NY
2019 Rockland Part Residency with Fellowship, Seattle, WA
2015 I-Park Residency with Fellowship, East Haddem, CT
2014 Vermont Studio Center with Artist Grant, Johnson, VT
2014 Starry Night Residency, Truth or Consequence, NM

Group Exhibitions
2018
A Certain Slant of Light, Hunter College MFA Thesis Exhibition, New York, NY
So What Now?, TNFN, Brooklyn, NY
Beach Read, Life Lessons, Brooklyn, NY
2017
theirs/ours/yours Video Revival, Brooklyn, NY
2016
Stranger Enough, Amos Eno Gallery. Brooklyn NY
Adventures in the Border Land, Dance Wave, Brooklyn, NY
2015
Native Sum, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, NY
Making History, Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, NY
Reich Paper Pop Up Show, Reich Paper, Brooklyn, NY
2014
What Makes Us, Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound, WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY
The Fire House Studios Presents, The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Art Bomb, Parenthesis Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
Summer ARTiculated, Osilas Gallery, Bronxville, NY
Art Not Without..., Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2011
Crossing Disciplines: Books, The Rubelle and Norman Schafler Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2010
The Knickerbocker, John Reverol Co, New Rochelle, NY

Teaching Experience
2014-2008 Visiting Lecturer in the Student Teaching Course at Pratt Institute
2008-2012 Cooperating Teacher for the Student Teaching Course at Pratt Institute
2002- Present Lead Teaching Artist at I.S. 223 and The Department of Education

Apprenticeship
s
2008-2010, 1999-2001 Studio Assistant for Jenny Lynn McNutt
 








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