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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating Ocula Conversation Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating

Zoe Butt is the artistic director of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, the first purpose-built space for contemporary art in Vietnam. Founded in March 2016, the Centre was designed by HTAP Architects in an old steel warehouse, with cargo shipping containers added to its structure. Initiated as a social enterprise...

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Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 Ocula Report Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 11 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai,联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市,如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城,为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥,《景观/对象WA》(2016)。橡木上固化油墨打印,左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm,右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,图片提供:马凌画廊,上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...

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Jonathan Monk

b. 1969, United Kingdom

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, 1997–1999, 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.

Jonathan Monk was born in Leicester in 1969 and lives and works in Berlin. He has a BFA from Leicester Polytechnic (1988) and an MFA from Glasgow School of Art (1991). Solo exhibitions include Centro De Arte Contemporáneo (CAC) Málaga, 2013, Kunstraum Dornbirn, Austria, 2013, Palais de Tokyo and Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris, 2008, Kunstverein Hannover, 2006, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, 2005, and Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, 2003. His work has been included in many group exhibitions, including 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.

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Featured Artworks

Jack of all trades... by Jonathan Monk contemporary artwork
Jonathan MonkJack of all trades..., 2017 Coloured neon lettering
90 x 175 x 5 cm
Lisson Gallery
Together Again Alone By Himself As Someone Else by Jonathan Monk contemporary artwork
Jonathan MonkTogether Again Alone By Himself As Someone Else, 2014 Epoxy resin, acrylic paint, artificial hair, wood, polyurethane tubes, foam, different fabrics and applications, trainers, glasses
80 x 34 x 13 cm
Lisson Gallery
Fallen Piano Cover by Jonathan Monk contemporary artwork
Jonathan MonkFallen Piano Cover, 2014 Patinated glued and carved limewood on shaped plinth
Lisson Gallery
Hand Held Gesture by Jonathan Monk contemporary artwork
Jonathan MonkHand Held Gesture, 2017 Patinated bronze cast and iron bar with oak base
69 x 64 x 21 cm
Lisson Gallery
Lenticular LeWitt by Jonathan Monk contemporary artwork
Jonathan MonkLenticular LeWitt, 2018 Lenticular prints mounted on 10mm forex
Taro Nasu
Gallery Hours by Jonathan Monk contemporary artwork
Jonathan MonkGallery Hours, 2012 neon sign on plexiglas
45 x 12 x 10 cm
Taro Nasu

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Jonathan Monk, Lenticular LeWitt at Taro Nasu, Tokyo
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12 April–12 May 2018 Jonathan Monk Lenticular LeWitt Taro Nasu, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Jonathan Monk, The Reader at Taro Nasu, Tokyo
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23 May–21 June 2014 Jonathan Monk The Reader Taro Nasu, Tokyo

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