June 28, 2009 - ArtPace | San Antonio - Jonathan Monk
June 28, 2009

Jonathan Monk

Jonathan Monk
Rew-Shay Hood Project XIX
Airbrush paint, 1965 Chevrolet El Camino hood
52 x 53.5″
Collection Vanmoerkerke, Oostende, Belgium


May 14 – September 06, 2009

445 North Main Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78205 1441
t. 210 212 4900
info [​at​] artpace.org


Artpace San Antonio presents Rew-Shay Hood Project Part II, on view through September 6, 2009, in the Hudson (Show)Room. Curated by Artpace Executive Director Matthew Drutt, the exhibition debuts a new body of work by Berlin-based artist Jonathan Monk. Fittingly located in the space named for Artpace’s former function as a Hudson automobile dealership, the exhibition features a series of paintings after American artist Ed Ruscha’s iconic photographic series and book, Twentysix Gasoline Stations.

In Rew-Shay Hood Project Part II fourteen distinctive hoods of classic American cars—from a 1963 Plymouth Fury to a 1982 Chevrolet Camaro—serve as canvases for the photo-realistic airbrushed paintings. “Re-presented” on car hoods, Ruscha’s deliberately sober early 1960s photographs of service stations located in Texas and Oklahoma are transformed and monumentalized, provoking reconsideration of the narrative of conceptual and pop art.

In previous projects, Monk has referenced other canonical modern and contemporary artists, such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner, and most recently, Jeff Koons. He is at the forefront of a generation of artists who have appropriated American conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s to create contemporary projects that deal with reception and re-presentation. Monk’s works inhabit a diverse range of media, from photography and sculpture to film and installation, where the artist, the creative process, and art’s dictum of originality collide.

Since graduating from the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, in 1991, Jonathan Monk has amassed an impressive roster of exhibitions and publications. His most recent solo exhibitions include Time Between Spaces, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2008); Twodo-Project 2007, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Germany (2007); and Some Kind of Game Between This and That, Casey Kaplan, New York (2007). Monk’s work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions including, most recently, Time Pieces, Galerie Jan Mot, Brussels, Belgium (2008); Looking Back, Mireille Mosler Ltd., New York (2008); and The Store, Tulips & Roses, Vilnius, Lithuania (2008).

This exhibition is made possible in part by the Linda Pace Foundation.

Exhibition Details and Related Events
Exhibition Dates: May 14 – September 6, 2009

Private Tours
Tours in both Spanish and English are available by appointment. To schedule a group tour, contact Celina Emery at cemery@artpace.org or call 210 212 4900 x323.

Artpace San Antonio serves as a laboratory for the creation and advancement of international contemporary art. Artpace believes that art is a dynamic social force that inspires individuals and defines cultures. Our residencies, exhibitions, and education programs nurture the creative expression of emerging and established artists, while actively engaging youth and adult audiences.

Artpace is located downtown at 445 North Main Avenue, between Savings and Martin streets, San Antonio, Texas. Free parking is available at 513 North Flores Street. Artpace is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 12-5 PM, and by appointment. Admission is free.

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