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British artist Jonathan Monk replays, recasts and re-examines seminal works of Conceptual and Minimal art by variously witty, ingenious and irreverent means.
Speaking in 2009, he said, “Appropriation is something I have used or worked with in my art since starting art school in 1987. At this time (and still now) I realised that being original was almost impossible, so I tried using what was already available as source material for my own work.” Through wall paintings, monochromes, ephemeral sculpture and photography he reflects on the tendency of contemporary art to devour references, simultaneously paying homage to figures such as Sol LeWitt, Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman and Lawrence Weiner, while demystifying the creative process.
Monk is constantly asking ‘what next?’ His stainless steel series entitled Deflated Sculpture (2009) refigures Jeff Koon’s iconic balloon rabbit in various stages of collapse; letting the air out isn’t an act of iconoclasm so much as giving the original idea new life. So too Monk documented the period he lived in Los Angeles with a series of photographs titled None of the Buildings on Sunset Strip (1997–99), showing only the roads between buildings – a follow-up to Ed Ruscha’s artist book from 30 years before, All of the Buildings on Sunset Strip. But his conceptual configurations are also grounded in the personal: ‘what next?’ takes on a poignancy in the slide projection In Search of Gregory Peck (1997), where Monk brought together a collection of photographs taken by his late father in the 1950s, preceding him as a tourist in the US.
Solo exhibitions have been held at Vox, Montreal, Canada (2017); The Gallery at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK (2017); Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz, Switzerland (2016); Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Rome, Italy (2015); Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin, Ireland (2014); Centro De Arte Contemporáneo (CAC) Málaga, Spain (2013); Kunstraum Dornbirn, Austria (2013); Palais de Tokyo and Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris, France (2008); Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany (2006); Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK (2005); and Museum Kunst Palest, Dusseldorf, Germany (2003). His work has been included in many group exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial (2006), the 50th and 53rd Venice Biennales (2003, 2009), Berlin Biennale (2001) and Taipei Biennial (2000). He was awarded the Prix du Quartier Des Bains, Geneva in 2012.

From the year I was born until the year I left America

Onestar Press, 2014

ISBN: 978-9210284042

All the possible combinations of twelve lights lighting

Meyer Rigger, 2014

Jonathan Monk - COLOURS, SHAPES, WORDS (pink, blue, square, circle, etc.)

CAC Malaga, Spain, 2013

ISBN 978-8494083662

Less is more than one hundred bicycles

Verlag fur modern Kunst Nurnberg, 2013

ISBN 978-3869844640

Jonathan Monk: Studio Visit

JRP|Ringier, 2010

ISBN 978-3037640654

Neon

Achille Bonito Oliva, Nomas Foundation, Roma, 2008

The Implications of the Image

Taiyana Pimentel, El Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte, Mexico City, Mexico, p. 82 – 83, 2008

ISBN 978-9703254545

Jonathan Monk, The reason why I am here is the reason why I am here

Lynn Valley #3, Vancouver: Presentation House Gallery and Bywater Bros. Editions, 2007

ISBN 978-0920293744

Made in Germany : Young Contemporary Art from Germany

Eveline Bernasconi et al., Hajte Cantz, Ostfildern p.198-199. 2007

ISBN 978-3775719858

One in one hundred (child)

Paris: Onestar press 2007

"Jonathan Monk," in Minimalism and After

Renate Wiehager (ed.), Hatje Catz Verlag, Ostfildren, 2007, p. 366-369, 2007

ISBN 978-3775723862

Jonathan Monk: Until Then…If not Before

Jonathan Monk, Centre d'art contemporain, Bignan: Domaine de Kerguéhennec, 2006

ISBN 978-2906574069

Jonathan Monk: Continuous Project Altered Daily

Jens Hoffmann et al., London: The Institute of Contemporary Arts & Revolver, 2006

ISBN 978-3865882059