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April 23-October 23, 2011
One of the most exciting sculptors working today, Matthew Monahan uses unconventional pedestrian materials—whose surfaces are manipulated with glitter, wax and spray paint to achieve the effects of aged bronze and other metals—to create monumentally scaled figurative sculptures. The bodies of his sculptural heroes and heroines appear to have been built from unmatched spare parts. With wires and strapping, each section is precariously tethered to the whole. As such, Monahan’s sculptures seem to hover in a state of fleeting existence, projecting the illusion that the forces of nature could turn them back into unrecognizable rubble at any moment. His works succeed in engaging the viewer in a dialogue between contemporary and ancient; alien and disparate parts. His fragmented figures—with their active postures and facial expressions—convey the struggles of coming into existence in the present moment while carrying a sense of a past long gone.
A special thanks to:
Murray and Robin Sinclaire; Lynne Meyers Gordon, MFA; James and Linda Miller
The Carol Ann and Ralphe V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation
ArtsWave Corporate Partner: The Kroger Company
Above: Monahan, The Martial Tune (detail). Courtesy of The Eugene Sadovoy Collection. Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery, New York. A special acknowledgement of thanks to The Eugene Sadovoy Collection for lending this work to the show.