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This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “frNMEz” featuring works by Matthew Monahan in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “frNMEz” featuring works by Matthew Monahan in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “frNMEz” featuring works by Matthew Monahan in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “frNMEz” featuring works by Matthew Monahan in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “frNMEz” featuring works by Matthew Monahan in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “frNMEz” featuring works by Matthew Monahan in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “frNMEz” featuring works by Matthew Monahan in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “frNMEz” featuring works by Matthew Monahan in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “frNMEz” featuring works by Matthew Monahan in 2018 at Anton Kern Gallery.
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This is a work titled Drone v. Stone by artist Matthew Monahan made in 2018. The materials are acrylic on aluminum, and the dimensions are 60 inches by 85.5 inches.This is a work titled Cyclone (Unlawful Assembly) by artist Matthew Monahan made in 2018. The materials are acrylic on aluminum, and the dimensions are 60 inches by 96 inches.This is a work titled Mixtape by artist Matthew Monahan made in 2018. The materials are acrylic on aluminum, and the dimensions are 60 inches by 96 inches.This is a work titled Rolling 20 Deep, 20 Knives by artist Matthew Monahan made in 2018. The materials are acrylic on aluminum, and the dimensions are 60 inches by 96 inchesThis is a work titled Young Meme (after Petrus Christus) by artist Matthew Monahan made in 2018. The materials are acrylic on aluminum, and the dimensions are 60 inches by 96 inches.This is a work titled Cryptoqueen by artist Matthew Monahan made in 2018. The materials are Resin coated polyurethane foam, paint, silk screened paper, glass, powder coated aluminum and stainless steel, and the dimensions are 120 inches by 45 inches by 45 inches.This is a work titled Sidekick and Me by artist Matthew Monahan made in 2018. The materials are Resin coated polyurethane foam, paint, silk screened paper, glass, powder coated aluminum and stainless steel, and the dimensions are 120 inches by 45 inches by 45 inches.This is a work titled CGhost Box (How Not To Panic When You're Made Into A Ghost) by artist Matthew Monahan made in 2018. The materials are Resin coated polyurethane foam, paint, silk screened paper, glass, powder coated aluminum and stainless steel, and the dimensions are 97 inches by 45 inches by 45 inches.This is a work titled Chamber Quartet (Vexation) by artist Matthew Monahan made in 2018. The materials are Resin coated polyurethane foam, paint, silk screened paper, glass, powder coated aluminum and stainless steel, and the dimensions are 84 inches by 45 inches by 45 inches.This is a work titled The Moon Ladder by artist Matthew Monahan made in 2018. The materials are Resin coated polyurethane foam, paint, silk screened paper, glass, powder coated aluminum and stainless steel, and the dimensions are 97 inches by 31 inches by 38 inches.This is a work titled Bad Actors by artist Matthew Monahan made in 2018. The materials are Resin coated polyurethane foam, paint, silk screened paper, glass, powder coated aluminum and stainless steel, and the dimensions are 84 inches by 31 inches by 31 inches.This is a work titled Triad by artist Matthew Monahan made in 2018. The materials are acrylic on aluminum, and the dimensions are 67 inches by 48 inches.

Press Release

Matthew Monahan

frNMEz

September 12 –
October 20, 2018

In frNMEz, Los Angeles-based artist Matthew Monahan presents a new group of freestanding sculptures and paintings on aluminum. Known for his mastery of both traditional and industrial materials, Monahan’s new works reflect a physical and mental tug of war with the history of figuration. For this show Monahan pushes beyond the individual icon, populating his works with unruly masses and subjecting his figures to an intractable struggle. Rendered primarily in black and white, the viewer is forced to zoom in and out across a pixelated optical field, where sculpture and painting overlap and crossfade.

 

Monahan carves his forms from standardized rectangular blocks, then slashes them into fragments, with torsos, limbs, and skulls repositioned to reanimate the whole. The bodies, caught in states of conflict and embrace, recall classical motifs of stone statuary. While quoting from the formal language of classical sculpture, Monahan inserts an element of sci-fi mystery, untethering his objects from their exact moment in time. Like relics found in a possible future, the sculptures are enclosed within perforated aluminum chambers that eschew the traditional relationship between the sculpture and its pedestal. The quality of the aluminum structures suggests the utilitarian blankness of server farm shelving, and the dissonance between these enclosures and the forms housed within flatten the view of the object, and at times cause the forms to disperse and disappear entirely. The black screens encrypt the figure-ground relationship and undercut their sculptural qualities in favor of a virtualized, private space.      

 

Monahan’s paintings echo this visual ambiguity and physical tension. Constructed from sheets of glossy white painted aluminum, the artist inscribes, collages, etches and sprays the surface with layers of grayscale to create chaotic multi-figure compositions. Stripped of any context provided by facial expressions or landscape, we are left to wonder whether the frenetic energy is one of celebration or outrage.

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