monk_farm

lingerings : matthew monk

07.18 — 07.29.2014

open­ing recep­tion: sat­ur­day july 19, 6–8pm

My work deals with the dynamic inter­play between oppos­ing forces: light and dark, inten­tion and acci­dent, mean­ing and mean­ing­less­ness, attrac­tion and repul­sion. Like many, I have a ten­dency to reduce the com­plex­i­ties of life to black and white. And yet, I have an equally strong propen­sity to linger in the gray areas of ambiva­lence, inde­ci­sive­ness, and ambi­gu­ity. My work explores extremes and the murky areas between.

The objects I make are the result of cumu­la­tive lay­ers of addi­tive and sub­trac­tive processes includ­ing paint­ing, glu­ing, scrap­ing, sand­ing, tear­ing, eras­ing, patch­ing, cor­rect­ing. A rich and com­plex his­tory of each piece is revealed through the accre­tion of unex­pected mate­ri­als and processes, and the accu­mu­la­tion of painterly asser­tion, approx­i­ma­tion, mis­cal­cu­la­tion, cor­rec­tion, res­o­lu­tion, acquiescence.

A native of North Car­olina, Matthew Monk is an artist, designer, and edu­ca­tor liv­ing and work­ing in Mont­pe­lier, Ver­mont. Matthew is the Aca­d­e­mic Dean at Ver­mont Col­lege of Fine Arts, where he is also the Found­ing Fac­ulty Chair of the Graphic Design Pro­gram. He is a for­mer Pro­fes­sor of Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he taught for twenty years. Matthew’s paint­ing and mixed-media work has been exhib­ited exten­sively and is in numer­ous pri­vate and cor­po­rate col­lec­tions. In his award-winning design prac­tice, he spe­cial­izes in book design for the arts and
architecture.

monk_farm

lingerings : matthew monk

07.18 — 07.29.2014

open­ing recep­tion: sat­ur­day july 19, 6–8pm

My work deals with the dynamic inter­play between oppos­ing forces: light and dark, inten­tion and acci­dent, mean­ing and mean­ing­less­ness, attrac­tion and repul­sion. Like many, I have a ten­dency to reduce the com­plex­i­ties of life to black and white. And yet, I have an equally strong propen­sity to linger in the gray areas of ambiva­lence, inde­ci­sive­ness, and ambi­gu­ity. My work explores extremes and the murky areas between.

The objects I make are the result of cumu­la­tive lay­ers of addi­tive and sub­trac­tive processes includ­ing paint­ing, glu­ing, scrap­ing, sand­ing, tear­ing, eras­ing, patch­ing, cor­rect­ing. A rich and com­plex his­tory of each piece is revealed through the accre­tion of unex­pected mate­ri­als and processes, and the accu­mu­la­tion of painterly asser­tion, approx­i­ma­tion, mis­cal­cu­la­tion, cor­rec­tion, res­o­lu­tion, acquiescence.

A native of North Car­olina, Matthew Monk is an artist, designer, and edu­ca­tor liv­ing and work­ing in Mont­pe­lier, Ver­mont. Matthew is the Aca­d­e­mic Dean at Ver­mont Col­lege of Fine Arts, where he is also the Found­ing Fac­ulty Chair of the Graphic Design Pro­gram. He is a for­mer Pro­fes­sor of Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he taught for twenty years. Matthew’s paint­ing and mixed-media work has been exhib­ited exten­sively and is in numer­ous pri­vate and cor­po­rate col­lec­tions. In his award-winning design prac­tice, he spe­cial­izes in book design for the arts and
architecture.