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Black-Throated Mango, 2021




Watch video here -> • • A project originally commissioned by the Art in Embassies U.S. Department of State program, the paintings and animation are made by the brother and sister Sheila and J. C. Fontanive. The Black-Throated Mango is a bird found on the grounds of the US Embassy in Paraguay. Artwork Details: • On/off power button • Wall mountable keyhole • Ball bearing mechanism • 304 Stainless Steel construction • Micro USB charging port with indicating lights • 72 hours of operation per charge • Handmade in NYC. The flipbook machine is a sculpture that explores moving images by physical means, working with the form and structure of how animation is made. The animation itself is constructed from printed paper, multiple frames of stills shown in sequence to form a moving image. As the paper flutters, a natural soundtrack is scored to the picture. Uncovering a type of hidden movement between each frame, images come alive when played through time. The flipbook machine series began while artist J. C. Fontanive was in the Animation Masters Degree program at the Royal College of Art in 2004. At that time, he collected Victorian clocks from the street markets in East London, using the clock parts and other found objects to invent the machine that drives the animation. Designing the mechanism over time, as well as making animations of birds and other flying creatures, the animations and machines have informed each other's development – insect wings flickering like paper, and paper cards flapping at the rate of insect wings.

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4.25 x 5.50 x 4.25 in | 10.79 x 13.97 x 10.79 cm

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Studio JC Fontanive
17-17 Troutman Street , Queens, NY 11385

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Studio JC Fontanive
17-17 Troutman Street, Queens, NY 11385
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