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Jonathan Brand
Visiting Assistant Professor
Arts & Sciences
Art & Design
Dodd 201A

    Artist Statement

    My work is the product of my desire to learn new processes and investigate how things are put together, unraveling and breaking elements down to re-imagine a new way of working. The representational objects I create, often appearing traditional in form, image and materiality, come about through my interest in advanced, emerging technological processes at odds with their original form or function. This indirect process makes it difficult for the viewer to trace the working methodology in the finished object.  It is therefore necessary for me to leave visual clues to the making in the finished work. Marks, notations, cuts that aid me in the process of making, are left apparent in the finish. My elaborate processes suggest a way of interpreting and working in the world. They speak to a stubborn willfulness to craft one’s own meaning and demonstrate the beauty of the absurd gesture.

    I have rarely lived in one place for longer than one year and as a result, transportation, migration and adaptation are recurring themes.  The subject matter of my work is often autobiographical but whether discreet singular objects, gallery installations or public art projects, issues of travel and mobility recur.  



    Yale University School of Art, Masters of Fine Arts, 2007
    The University of Guelph, Bachelor of Art Honors, 2003

    Solo Exhibitions

    The University of Hartford, See Something, Say Something, Hartford Connecticut, 2014
    The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, One Piece at a Time, Ridgefield, Connecticut, 2012
    Hosfelt Gallery, One Piece at a Time, New York, New York, 2011
    Projective City Hosted by Galerie de Roussan, Smaller NY, Paris France, 2011
    Hosfelt Gallery, One For Another, San Francisco, California, 2008
    Hosfelt Gallery, Some Day, New York, New York, 2007
    Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Hard Candy, Toronto, Ontario, 2004
    Sis Boom Bah, Working Index, Toronto, Ontario, 2003
    Zavitz Gallery, Working Index, University of Guelph, Ontario, 2003
    Zavitz Gallery, Delirium, University of Guelph, Ontario, 2002

    Selected Group Exhibitions

    Tracy Williams and Fitzroy Gallery, On the Blue Shore of Silence, New York, NY, 2014
    Martha Otero Gallery, Vitruvius, Los Angeles, California, 2013
    Heckscher Museum, Car Culture in America, Long Island, NY, 2013
    Flinn Gallery, Five Years Later, Greenwich, CT, 2013
    Nuartlink, In Plain View, West Port, CT, 2012
    Eric Firestone Gallery, Parts and Service, East Hampton, NY, 2012
    Projective City, Si le foudre tombait sur les lieux bas, Paris, France, 2011
    Seton Gallery, Loss Generation, University of New Haven, New Haven, CT (Christina Vassallo, curator), 2011
    John and June Allcott Gallery, Repurpose, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2010
    Hosfelt Gallery, In Full Color Part II, New York, NY, 2010
    The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Bike Rides, Ridgefield, CT (David Byrne, advisor, Monica Ramirez-Montagut and Richard Klein, curators), 2009
    The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Living and Dreaming: Aim 29, Bronx, NY (Micaela Giovannotti, curator)­, 2009
    NURTUREart, Bushwick Biennial, Brooklyn, NY (Benjamin Evans, curator), 2009
    Queens Museum of Art, Queens International 4, Project Commission, Queens, NY, 2009
    Cabernet Initiative, Cabernet Initiative presents Part I, Brooklyn, NY, 2009
    Hosfelt Gallery, Outside the Box, San Francisco, CA, 2008
    Hosfelt Gallery, Pattern vs Decoration, New York, NY, 2007
    Yale University Art Gallery, MFA Thesis Show, New Haven, CT, 2007
    Yale Summer School of Music and Art, Summer Exhibit, Norfolk, CT, 2006
    Yale University Art Gallery, 1st  Year MFA show, New Haven, CT, 2005
    Zavitz Gallery, 2 For, University of Guelph, Ontario, 2003
    The Brooks Museum of Art, Do it Invitational, Memphis, TN, 2000

    Collaborative work

    Freight & Volume, Dead Lift, New York, New York (solo), 2014
    Untitled Art Fair, Moses Transpo, Miami, Florida (solo), 2013
    The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Quarter Horse, Bronx, NY, 2013
    Chicago Cultural Center, Spontaneous Interventions, Chicago, Illinois, 2013
    Venice Architecture Biennale, Spontaneous Interventions, US Pavilion, Venice, Italy,  2012
    NYC DOT Presents, Summer Streets, New York, NY, 2012
    NYCDOT Urban Art Program, Public Sculpture Commission, Queens, NY, 2012
    Mott Haven Public Library, Piazza Gratissima, Bronx, NY, 2012
    Newark Open Doors, Newark Arts Council, Stack & Rack, Newark, NJ, 2012
    Bogart Salon, Adrift, Brooklyn, NY, 2012
    Bronx River Arts Center, Shifting Communities, Bronx NY, 2011
    Urban Art Festival, Grid Scenes, New York, NY, 2011
    Flux Factory, Congress of the Collectives, Queens, NY, 2011
    Bushwick SITE Fest,Habeas Corpus, Brooklyn, NY (Jeanne Brasile, curator), 2011
    New Museum, Festival of Ideas for a New City, New York, NY, 2011
    Art in Odd Places, Chance, New York, NY, 2010

    Awards and Residencies

    Artist in Residence, The Hartford Arts School, Hartford, CT, 2013
    The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation Grant, 2013
    Canada Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Project Grant, 2012
    Connecticut Office for the Arts, Artist Fellowship Grant, 2012
    NYSAWC (New York State Artists Workspace Consortium), Visual Arts Project Grant, 2010
    Canada Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Project Grant, 2010
    Sculpture Space Residency, Utica, NY, 2010
    Artists in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum of the Arts. Bronx, NY, 2009
    Canada Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Project Grant, 2008
    Barry Schactman Prize for Excellence in Painting, Drawing, or Printmaking, 2007
    Yale School of Art Summer Teaching Fellowship, 2006
    Yale School of Art Scholarship, 2005-2007
    Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant, 2005
    Du Maurier Arts Council Grant, 2003


    3D Printer World, Jonathan Brand 3D Prints a Motorcycle, Todd Halterman, Aug 8, 2013
    New York Times, Out of Many Themes, One Topic , Susan Hodara, Sept. 21, 2012, W12
    New York Times. Nothing but a Paper Trail for a Mustang Long Gone . Jim Koscs, July 8, 2012, A1-2 Jonathan Brand: One Piece at a Time opens at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum,  July 16, 2012
    Connecticut Post, What does ‘united states’ mean to you? Deb Keiser, July 30, 2012
    NY Daily News, New 'piazza' to debut at the Mott Haven Library. Tanyanika Samuels.  June 29, 2012
    Urban Art News, New York City Department of Transportation, Issue 2, May 23, 2012
    Times Ledger, Jamaica Art Peaks Curiosity. Rich Bockman. May 10, 2012
    NY Daily News, BroLab Artists to Display Humps and Bumps . Vera Chinese. Apr 19, 2012
    Queens Chronicle, Sit on it! New art will serve purpose. AnnMarie Costella.  Mar 29, 2012
    NY Daily News New 'piazza' coming to Mott Haven Public Library . , Tanyanika Samuels. Mar 29, 2012
    Toronto Star, Why this non-functioning Mustang is worth the paper it’s printed on. Bill Taylor, Mar. 9, 2012
    Discovery Channel Online, Artist Rebuilds His beloved 1969 Ford Mustang from Paper. Alexander  Davies, Feb 6, 2012
    Gentside, Cette Ford Mustang de 1969 est en papier! Jan 20, 2012
    Lost at E Minor, New Art. Gerry Mak, Jan 19, 2012
    Printeresting, Jonathan Brand’s Printed Mustang. RL Tillman, Jan 18, 2012
    Inhabitat, Artist Creates Incredibly Detailed Life-Size Ford Mustang out of Paper! Brit Liggett, Jan 18, 2012
    The Daily Mail Online, Hope the bonnet doesn't crumple . Rob Waugh, Jan 17, 2012
    Journal du Design. Sculpture One Piece at a Time par Jonathan Brand . Jan 17, 2012
    Today and Tomorrow, One Piece at a Time. Jan 17,2012
    Gizmodo , Can’t Afford a Real Classic American Muscle Car? Print One Out Instead. Sam Gibbs, Jan 17, 2012
    HUMANS iNVENT, One Piece at a Time: Printing a Ford Mustang. Phil Barker, Jan 16, 2012
    It’s Nice That, Jonathan Brand: One Piece at a Time. Rob Alderson, Jan 12, 2012
    L’ACTU Auto Plus , Mustang en papier , Nov 7, 2011, p. 16-17
    Science and Engineering Magazine, The Big Picture, Nov. 2, 2011
    Chelsea Fine Arts Examiner, Details of paper made Ford Mustang . Alison Martin, Oct 25, 2011
    The Telegraph. Pictures of the Day: 7 October 2011 , Laurentiu Garofeanu, Oct 7, 2011
    C-Monster. Calendar Feature, Oct. 6, 2011
    Gizmodo, Print Your Own ’69 Mustang . Alex Kidman, Oct. 4, 2011
    NY Daily News, Art group builds 'Thrust of Sorrows' catapult to relieve burdens in new show.  Tanyanika Samuels. Sep 20, 2011
    Popular Hot Roding Magazine. A 69 Mustang Built from Paper , Christopher Campbell, Sept. 29, 2011
    Classic Driver, One Piece at a Time: Artist recreates ’69 Mustang using paper . Jan Baedeker, Sept. 29, 2011, Un Ford Mustang del 69 fabricado pieza a pieza con papel. Sept. 24, 2011
    The Daily Mail Online. Just don’t write it off! The life-size 1969 Mustang made entirely from paper. John  Stevens. Sept. 25, 2011 Ford Mustang: se la muscle car è di carta. Simonluca Pini, Sept. 23, 2011
    The Maddow Blog, The Week in Geek . Summer Ash. Sept. 23, 2011 . Un artista canadiense construye un Ford Mustang de 1969 a tamaño real sólo con papel. Sept. 23, 2011
    Chromjuwelen, 1969 Ford Mustang Coupe Out of Paper . Ralf Becker, Sept. 21, 2011
    CBC Radio interview. Ontario Morning with Wei Chen, Sept. 21, 2011 Paper Ford Mustang. Ray Wert. Sept. 20, 2011, Man Create Full Scale ’69 Ford Mustang replica From Paper . Naija Pundit, Sept. 20, 2011
    Top Gear. Behold: the 1969 Mustang mad entirely from paper. Matthew Jones, Sept. 18, 2011
    Bit Rebels. Guy Builds Life-Size Ford Mustang Coupe Entirely Out of Paper. Richard Darell, Sept. 17, 2011
    Complex Art+Design. Jonathan Brand Built a 1969 Mustang Coupe From Scratch Out of Paper . Brianne  Garcia, Sept. 17, 2011
    Artrick Playground. Jonathan Brand . Sept. 16, 2011 Ongoing 1:1 Papercraft Replica of 1969 Mustang . Sean Michael Gagan, Spet. 16, 2011
    Beautiful Decay. Jonathan Brand. Amir. Sept. 16, 2011 Jonathan Brand is Building a Papercraft 1969 Ford Mustang to Scale. James Furbush,  Sept. 15, 2011 Papercraft 1:1 model of a 1969 Mustang, accurate to the smallest component. Cory Doctorow, Sept. 15, 2011
    JUXTAPOZ.  1969 Mustang Coupe out of paper . Sept. 15, 2011
    Design You Trust, 1969 Mustang Coupe copied from paper . Designovicz, Sept. 15, 2011
    Oh Gizmo. Jonathan Brand Building Every Component of A 1969 Ford Mustang Out of Paper . Andrew  Liszewski, Sept. 15, 2011
    Colossal Art & Design. Jonathan Brand Built Every Component of a 1969 Mustang Coupe. From Scratch. Out of Paper. Christopher Jobson, Sept. 14, 2011
    JOIN BKLYN. Jonathan Brand Built Every Component of a 1969 Mustang Coupe. From Scratch. Out of  paper. Sept. 14, 2011, In the Spirit of a World Fair, but Greener: The New Museum’s Festival of Ideas For the  New City . May 3, 2011
    Vingt Paris. Art By Candlelight . Aidan Mac Guill. April 5, 2011
    Art’ilt. Projective City, Rencontre Avec Benjamin Evans . Fabienne.  April 8, 2011
    Lorraine, Marian. “Why Are There Men Carrying Water Along 14th Street?”, Oct 8, 2010
    New York Press. Finding Art in Odd Places . , Tran, Pauline, Oct 1, 2010
    ARTnews. Creative Spins .  Jenny Brown, Sept. 2009, p36
    Arts and Leisure. Bike Rides at the Aldrich .  Janis Gibson, Oct 01, 2009
    The Stamford Advocate. Aldrich Museum hosting bicycle fest, exhibit .  Erik Ofgang, Sept. 29, 2009
    New York Times. A Festive Salute to All Things Bicycle . Susan Hodara, Sept. 27, 2009, CT12 Bike Rides Exhibition . Jacob Resneck. Sept. 16,  2009
    New York Times. Young Artists Arrive, Either Rough or Ready . Ken Johnson, July 8, 2009, C5
    The Brooklyn Rail. Brooklyn Dispatches Bushwick Biennial: Venice it Ain’t . James Kalm. July-Aug. 2009 Serious Omissions, but Biennial Brings Focus , Hrag Vartanian, July 7, 2009
    ARTCAT Zine. Bushwick Biennial at NUTUREart, Review . Susannah Edelbaum. June 8, 2009
    Gen Art Pulse. One For Another . Meredith Chamberlain. Oct. 23, 2008
    New York Magazine. Critics Pick . Nov. 2007


    Some Work Until Now , Goodman, Jonathan ed, Seton Hall University Press 2013
    High Touch . Klanten, R. ed. Hubner, M. ed. Berlin, Die Gestalten Verlag. 2012, p.96
    Jonathan Brand: One Piece at a Time . Monica Ramirez-Montagut. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum Brochure
    Velo . Klanten, R. ed. Ehmann, S. ed. Berlin, Die Gestalten Verlag, 2010, p.124
    Bike Rides: The Exhibition . Monica Ramirez-Montagut and Richard Klein. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum Brochure
    Living & Dreaming . Micaela Giovannotti .The Bronx Museum. 2009, p6-9,16
    2009 Bushwick Biennial, Jonathan Brand. Ben Evans. NURTUREart 2009. p32