As a matter of purpose and function, multimedia artist Heyd Fontenot is often drawn to subjects for their discomforting qualities. His explorations depicting fringe communities, taboos, occultism, or gender transgressions enable him to not only tease or challenge those who might hold ancient prejudices, but also work to unearth an elusive higher truth.
His drawn and painted portraits of his peers delicately reveal the otherwise untapped idiosyncrasies of physically embodied expression while his films, video work, and large-scale installations eschew traditional narrative conventions in an effort to narcotize and disorient. Accompanied by a lush aesthetic, earnest craft, and seductive humor, Fontenot’s work creates an ultimately compelling tension between work and viewer, assumption and subversion, stasis and agitation
Fontenot was the subject of a mid-career survey exhibition “The Very Queer Portraits of Heyd Fontenot,” at the University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland), Rollins College (Winter Park, Florida), and Allegheny College (Meadville, Pennsylvania). He is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Texas.