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Jonathan Monk created two temporary skateable sculptures based on concrete works by the minimalist master Sol LeWitt, which have been installed in Paine’s Park and will remain there through November 2015. These large sculptures are unusual, interactive additions to the park, inviting skaters of all ages to touch, step, and skate upon their surfaces – public artworks that invite direct, physical interaction from the viewer. Monk’s Open Source project exemplifies his practice of reinterpreting works of conceptual art through humor, and challenges the typically precious nature of art objects.
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 realized 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.
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Open Source events:
Use This Art - October 24
Steps © 2015 Jonathan Monk. Photo by Steve Weinik.
Pyramid © 2015 Jonathan Monk. Photo by Steve Weinik.
Construction of Pyramid in Philadelphia. Photo by Steve Weinik.