Jonathan Monk

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.



All the possible combinations of five colours, 2002

35mm Slide projection with 120 hand-coloured slides



Sol Lewitt: 100 cubes Cantz/ Slow slow quick quick slow / front to back back to front / on its side, 2000

16mm film loop


Nine Measurements in White, 2005

Painted aluminum


Deflated Sculpture III, 2009

Stainless steel


Incomplete Open Paperclip I, 2006

welded steel pipe construction (pulvercoating)


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