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London

William Monk

A Fool Through the Cloud

Past
Mar 6–Apr 10, 2019

Pace Gallery is delighted to present A Fool Through the Cloud, the first exhibition of works by William Monk at 6 Burlington Gardens.

Exhibition Details

William Monk
A Fool Through the Cloud
Mar 6 – Apr 10, 2019

Gallery

6 Burlington Gardens
London

Above: Installation view, William Monk: A Fool Through the Cloud, Pace Gallery, London, Photography by Damian Griffiths © William Monk

The idea of painting as mantra interests me: paintings as objects, figurations as images and models used as vibrations to reach somewhere else, beyond ourselves.

William Monk

The enigmatic title of the exhibition offers a poetic play on words reflecting the multiple readings and interpretations of Monk’s complex mindscape paintings. Moving fluidly between ideas of reality and mirage, figuration and abstraction, Monk’s reinvention of painting lies in the physical presence of his works as object and the viewer’s experience within the space between them.

Comprising new large and small oil paintings, the exhibition is presented as an installation. Central to this is a suite of paintings titled Sea of Cloud, a Yellow Submarine-imbued zoetrope-like room that features three paintings depicting a montage of what could be interpreted as a cloud forming and dissipating over a swelling sea. Rather than a triptych with a central panel, Monk intends this group of paintings to be read as a repeating montage that could be viewed on loop: a cinematic influence, but also a musical one.

Each painting in the group is comprised of two adjoining panels, with the seam carefully placed at eye level so that the viewer will, as the artist says, ‘feel they’re in the water looking up to the sky, across to the horizon and below to the depths.’

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William Monk

William Monk’s scenographic works tap into the rich tradition of painting. Monk paints enigmatic and vibrant works, using starkly divisional compositions and often works in extensive series that gradually evolve over time. The canvases carry irregular intensities of detail, line, foreground and background, a sense of repetition breaks down the figuration, creating visual mantras. This rhythm happens throughout Monk’s work, surrendering figurative logic to arrive at something stranger and more powerful. Atmospheric and energetic, these paintings invite a more direct physical connection, drawing in the space between our inner and outer realms of experience.

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London — William Monk, A Fool Through the Cloud, Mar 6–Apr 10, 2019