Jonathan Schipper Bio

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Jonathan Schipper was born in Chico, California.

When asked about his work he noted that it “often derives elements from popular media culture but then transforms them. I alter these elements into something that returns media to a live, irreproducible experience. I am interested in making objects that, like a roller coaster, are beautiful and interesting through media but need to be experienced to be truly understood. I strive to create objects that wrap themselves around your gut, take hold of your imagination and move you towards new locations and thoughts”.(Jonathan Schipper, 2011)


Chico, California. 1973

2001 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
1996-98 MFA, Sculpture
Rinehart School of Sculpture, Baltimore, MD
1993-96 BFA, Sculpture
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

“Reclaim,” New Media Gallery, New Westminster, BC (with Lisa Jackson)
“Cubicle,” Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, TX
“Slow Motion Car Crash,” The Armory Show, Pier 92, New York, NY
“Rage for Art (Once Again),” Pierogi, New York, NY
“Imitation of Life,” Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Canada (Sept 25, 2015 – Jan 10, 2016)
“Explosion,” Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Fort Worth, Texas (March 28 – May 9)
“Moving Still | Still Moving,” Art Mûr, Montréal, Québec, Canada (March 7 – April 25)
“State of the Art,” Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
“PIEROGI XX: Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition,” Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
“Detritus,” The Boiler, Brooklyn, NY (One-person)
“The Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle,” Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA
“Homeward Found,” The Wassaic Project, NY
Locus+, 16 Saville Row, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Guangzhou Triennial 2012:The Unseen. Theme and artists,” Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China. Curated by Jiang Jiehong and Jonathan Watkins
Nostalgia Machines, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI
Under Destruction, to Swiss Institute, NY, NY, Curated by Chris Sharp and Gianni Jetzer
Slow Room, Dittrich&Schlechtriem, Berlin Germany
The Art of Deceleration, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsbug, Germany
Subjective / Objective, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (Group Exhibition)
AUTOBODY, Marfa Ballroom, Marfa, Texas
“Under Destruction,” Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
“The Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle,” Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
“Irreversibility,” The Boiler (Pierogi), Brooklyn, NY (One-person)
“Chelsea Visits Havana,” Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Cuba (February 28–May 17
“Pieces of the Whole,” Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI (Sept. 28, 2008–Jan. 25, 2009)
“The Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle,” Stuks Art Centre, Leuven, Belgium
and NEXT Chicago’s Invitational
“Apocalyptic Summer,” Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (Group Exhibition)
“Firebird,” PIEROGI Brooklyn, New York (One-person)
ARTEFACT, Stuks Art Centre, Leuven, Belgium
“Factitious,” PIEROGI Brooklyn, New York (June–July) and Leipzig (Nov-Dec)
Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY (One-person)
Momenta, Brooklyn, NY (Performance, Invisible Jet)
“Cirque de Medecine,” Paperveins Museum of Art, New York NY
“Invisible Jet,” GAVS, Brooklyn, NY
“Parts,” Goliath, Brooklyn, NY
Ted Lawson Gallery, New York, NY
Thesis Exhibition, Decker Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Fox Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Juried Exhibition, Mayerhoff Gallery, Baltimore, MD
“Options’97,” Washing Project for the Arts\Corcoran, Washington, D.C.
Fox Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Prosthetic,” Push, San Francisco, CA
“Luggage Show,” Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Skowhegan Fellowship
Amalie Rothschild Award: Awarded by jury to graduating MFA
MICA Fellowship: Maryland Institute College of Art. Awarded by merit of work
Sculpture Dept. Award of Special Recognition: San Francisco Art Institute
Awarded to graduating senior
Sobel Memorial Scholarship: San Francisco Art Institute. Awarded by merit of work
1994, 1995
Best of Show, Sculpture: San Francisco Art Institute Spring Show

Sheth, Sarang. “The EXOvault Mouse is Pure Steampunk Heaven!” Yanko Design, October 12
Keel, Eli. “New cars added to ‘The Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle’ at Garage Bar,” Insider Louisville, September 15
Mackey, Susan. “National Diversity on Display in ‘State of the Art’ at the Mint Museum in Charlotte,” Burnaway, August 9
Boraks, David, “At The Mint, Jonathan Schipper’s ‘Slow Room’ slowly destroys itself,” June 18
McGrath, Katie. “8 Artworks That Self-Destruct,” Artsy, June 14
Smith, Andy. “Review: State of the Art at Mint Museum Uptown,” Charlotte Magazine, May 5
Delia, Sarah. “’Slow Room’ Pulls Viewers Into a World Of Creativity And Destruction,” WFAE, April 19
Toppman, Lawrence. “The Mint Museum wants to smash your furniture,” The Charlotte Observer, March 21
Yi, Hannah. “The office cubicles are being sucked into a small hole,” Quartz, November 29
Fauerso, Neil. “Jonathan Schipper at Rice Gallery, Houston,” Glasstire, October 31
Gopnik, Blake. “The Armory Show is a Wreck,” Artnet News, March 4
Swanson, Carl. “At the Armory Art Show, Watch an Actual Car Commit Slow-Motion Suicide,” Vulture Magazine, March 4
Terranova, Charissa. “Jonathan Schipper, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts,” Sculpture Magazine
Smart, Jennifer. “Questioning the Art Object,” Arts and Culture Texas, April 10
Lesser, Casey. “I Became a Millionaire for 10 Minutes, Thanks to Jonathan Schipper,” Artsy, March 5
Fleming, Vic. “It’s Art,” Memphis Daily News, November 13
Steinhauer, Jillian. “A Lont Short List of Gallery Shows to See This Fall,”, September 13
“Artist Spotlight: Jonathan Schipper,”, June 6.
Haines, Chelsea. “Homeward Found,”, June.
Corbett, Rachel. “Armory Show 2012,” March.
Olda, Danny. “Jonathan Schipper’s Sculptures Slowly Destroy One Another,”, December 17.
Kuhn, Nicola. “Burn-out, wilde Märkte, Turbo-Mentalität: Wolfsburg sucht ‘Die Kunst der Entschleunigung’,” Tagesspiegel, November 22, 2011. (Illus.)
Cotter, Holland. “Yoon Lee, Jonathan Schipper, Tavares Strachan,” The New York
Times, April 16
Saltz, Jerry. “Energy to Burn,” New York Magazine, March 22
Davis, B. “Chicago A Go-Go,” Artnet, April 21 (Illus.)
Nance, Kevin. “Crashing the Party: A cutting edge fair, NEXT, shakes up Chicago’s annual
art expo,” The Chicago Sun Times, April 20. Pp. 1D, 3D (Illus.)
Sels, Geert. “De tijd aan (auto)banden gelegd,” De Standaard, February 8. (Illus)
GS. “Kunstenaar vertraagt effect van ongeval,” Het Nieuwsblad, February 8. P.17 (Illus)
“Het langste auto-ongeval ooit,” Metro (Netherlands), February 8. P.14 (Illus)
MVS. “Aftasten en ontdekken,” Steps City Magazine, February 11. P.16 (Illus)
Van Steenkiste, Matthieu. “Tusssen kunst en crash,” Gazet van Antwerpen, February 12.
P.49 (Illus)
CDM. “Nu te zien in Leuven: de traagste crash aller tijden,” De Morgen, February 13.
“Artefact: The slow inevitable death of american muscle,” De Morgen, February 13.
P.6 (Illus)
KBH. “Kulturama van start met crash,” Het Laatste Nieuws, February 15. P.16 (Illus)
JDR. “Traagste ongeluk ooit,” Het Nieuwsblad, February 18. Pg.5 (Illus)
KBH. “Traagste crash voorbij,” Het Laatste Nieuws, February 19. P.15 (Illus)
Dehaen, Jelle. “The Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle,” Veto, February.
Zeitz, Lisa. “Und jedem Anfang wohnt ein Zauber inne,” Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung,
July 22, 2006, Nr. 168, Seite 45
L.A.M. “New York’s Art Fairs: The Armory Show,” Art in America, Feb. 2006, P.47 (Illus)
Powhida, William. “Jonathan Schipper and Simon Lee at Pierogi,” The Brooklyn Rail,
March. P. 15
Critics pick (M.D.), “Elsewhere, A.K.A., Williamsburg Brooklyn,” Flash Art,
November-December, Vol.XXXIII, No.215

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
Al and Loralee West Collection. Philadelphia, PA
Progressive Corporate Art Collection. Celeveland, OH
21C. Louisville, KY