Roles in Archive: Artist
b. 1972 Eureka, California/Lives and works in Los Angeles, California
Before taking up his sculptural practice, Monahan perfected his ability to articulate formal and abstract drawings on paper, which he brought into three dimensions through folding. In his sculptures, groupings of vitrines and plinths are incorporated as supports for his delicate combinations of paper, industrial foam and various found objects. Monahan’s forms have a macabre aspect. Mummies, robots, photographs, crumpled muslin, and historical ephemera create psychic landscapes somewhere between cinematic tableaus and anthropological displays. Monahan studied at the Cooper Union, New York; Gerit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam; and De Ateliers, Amsterdam. Solo exhibitions includeFocus: Matthew Monahan Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2007); Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2007); Modern Art, London (2006); Anton Kern Gallery, New York (2003); Nameless Man Not-Even-Anywhere Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam (2002); and Zeno’s Quiver Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1997). Group exhibitions include 4th Berlin Biennial (2006); Whitney Biennial 2006, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2006); Both Ends Burning David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (2005); MB: the Mary Blair Story (with My Barbarian), Redcat, Los Angeles (2004); and Tussen Droom en Daad Fonds BK, Amsterdam (2003).