Jonathan Villeneuve (b. 1980)
Jonathan’s work is made out of common objects and materials – familiar elements that evoke the architecture of the everyday. He assembles these elements in ways that highlight their poetic and narrative potential. His installations trigger a physical reaction in the visitor, particularly due to the scale of the piece and its uncanny movements. It evokes a personal and embodied experience with architecture as constructed environment. Jonathan builds structures that are activated by mechanical, electrical, and electronic mechanisms while addressing the modern notion of the autonomous object. This pseudo functional amalgam refers to the idea of the gadget, the ‘thing-a-ma-jig’, a thing of a vague utility, with an imaginary functionality.