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"Present Tense 23: Jonathan Monk"
2002-09-18 until 2002-12-01
Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto, ON, CA

British artist Jonathan Monk draws upon what is already available, from family photographs to the legacy of conceptual art, combining homage with humour and personal context with art history. Among his works for Present Tense 23 is an engaging reworking of a 1981 piece by Lawrence Weiner in the AGO's collection.

Monk was born in 1972 in Leicester, England.

Spanning painting, performance, installation, photography, and video, and alluding to a wide variety of both autobiographical and art historical references, the work of Jonathan Monk defies categorisation. In suggesting a variety of models for the production and interpretation of art, he aims to test the continued strength of the Modernist canon and to demystify the creative process. Everyday anecdotes and high art myth are juxtaposed, generating a frequently humourous confusion in the reading of the work.
- Lisson Gallery, London

IMAGE:
Jonathan Monk
All the Possible Arrangements of 5 Colours (detail), 2002
120 projected slides.
Photo courtesy of Lisson Gallery.
2002 Jonathan Monk.


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