Installation Views

This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Matt Monahan in 2008 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Matt Monahan in 2008 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Matt Monahan in 2008 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Matt Monahan in 2008 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Matt Monahan in 2008 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Matt Monahan in 2008 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.

Works

This is a work titled Dear Mineral by artist Matthew Monahan made in 2008. The materials are Glass, foam, wax, pigment, 3 straps, 3 ratchets, and the dimensions are 72 inches by 12 inches by 14.5 inches.This is a work titled Chamber Command by artist Matthew Monahan made in 2010. The materials are Glass, foam, plastic, charcoal on paper, wax, silver leaf, 2 straps, 2 ratchets, wood, and the dimensions are 106.5 inches by 25.5 inches by 20.325 inches.This is a work titled Scale of Orange by artist Matthew Monahan made in 1994 to 2008. The materials are Glass, foam, wax, pigment, metal, charcoal on paper, glitter, and the dimensions are 87.75 inches by 12 inches by 72 inches.

Press Release

Matthew Monahan
October 10 –
November 15, 2008

September 17, 2008, New York—For his fourth solo show at Anton Kern Gallery, Los Angeles-based artist Matthew Monahan assembled a group of fragmented figurative sculptures filled with mystery, boldness, and grace. Monahan combines glass, foam, honeycomb mesh, and treated paper in a manner that, at times, these elements are lifted off the ground, ostensibly defying the laws of gravity and hovering weightlessly in space.

 

Monahan has closed the ancient door to the curiosity cabinet that has so inspired his earlier work, and has left for the open field of large-scale sculpture. The former multitude of displays containing deranged varieties of wax figures, paper sculptures, ornamental drawings, and other artifacts, has given way to larger dimensions and bold gestures, to a monumental language of direct physicality, erupting emotions, and barely constrained potency. The sense of mystery, however, of the early Wunderkammer  remains.

 

One can feel the sculpturesʼ  physical tension and their urgent need to crack the boundaries imposed by the artistʼ s sculpting knife and the industrial materials. The figures are captured in the moment of breaking through these constraints and becoming re-animated. Their metal-leaf covered faces shimmer in the light.

 

The work oscillates between the material and immaterial, between the abstract and allegorical, the light and heavy-weight, the sharply cut and gracefully modeled. They are monuments of historical and cultural bewilderment, existing in a realm where science-fiction, classicism, Buddha and modernism coexist.

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