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SELECTED WORKS BY Ian Monroe

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Ian Monroe
Canyon Recreated

2002

Mixed media on paper

274 x 449 cm
Canyon Recreated is a sculptor’s version of landscape painting; an imaginary place where the architecture of the space is literally amplified through the mountains of speakers. Monroe takes the virtue out of painting, replacing paint with collaged materials ranging from paper, vinyl, carpet, and linoleum. Through this construction process Monroe lends a sense of solidity to his image, literally building a space which isn’t there. It’s a way of cheating at image-making: readymade colour fields fill in his hand-drawn pattern, creating a painting without rendering.
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Ian Monroe
Cumulus

2003

mixed media on vinyl

210 x 360 cm
Monroe takes the virtue out of painting, replacing paint with collaged materials ranging from paper, vinyl, carpet, and linoleum. Through this construction process Monroe lends a sense of solidity to his image, literally building a space which isn’t there. It’s a way of cheating at image-making: readymade colour fields fill in his hand-drawn pattern, creating a painting without rendering.
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Ian Monroe
Outpost

2004

Vinyl on steel

250 x 475
In the work of Ian Monroe architectonic space is brought to the foreground, the surface of the work and the materials of its making are given prominence. The artist investigates the nature of idealised space: the showroom, the corporate office atrium, the church, and the hyper real environments of science fiction and computer games. All these spaces cater to, or project onto us, specific desires or lifestyles that maintain certain kinds of collective social myths.
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Ian Monroe
Tomorrow

2005

Vinyl on steel

300 x 520 cm
The confrontational scale of Ian Monroe’s work bats the viewer back and forth between experiential space and the impenetrable surface, describing forms that lie parallel to the picture frame, and placing Monroe’s collages somewhere between painting and sculpture.

ARTICLES

Making a 'name' for himself

One minute obscurity, the next, a 'name'. Why has the art world gone ballistic over artist Ian Monroe? Stuart Wright presents Ian's ABC guide to making a splash.
Emerging American artist Ian Monroe must consider himself very lucky. Only fifteen months after his Goldsmiths MA show, he is confidently making work that serious art collectors on both sides of the Atlantic want to buy. 'Canyons Recreated', the main piece he exhibited at the university showcase was snapped up by the Art World's very own tastemaker Charles Saatchi.

Ian is one of the small group of young artists represented by London's Hammer Sidi gallery. His work depicts bold and dramatic landscapes that explore textures and perspective. There is also a humourous undercurrent as Seventies rock iconogaphy gets a look-in with speaker cabinets of all shapes of sizes.

Now he has turned to the cold, stark corporate world for inspiration. Beautiful, but anonymous looking designed interiors are instantly recognisable to anyone who has worked in these environments or has seen films like Wall Street. The omission of people re-affirms the importance Monroe places on these fictional corridors of power.

Here he looks back on this whirlwind period in his life.
DISCOVERED
How did Hammer Sidi discover and then go on to represent you?

"It was all from the MA Show at Goldsmiths. Typically, loads of galleries go to these things, which are held over the summer. They (galleries) all trawl around what is the new talent, so to speak. There were a few calls from other people and I arranged a studio visit. Lotta (Hammer) came by, saw my work and said, 'Well, I'm putting together a show in about month. If you can do something for it, that would be great.'"

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Source: ideasfactory.com



Space traveler: Ian Monroe by Alison Roberts

Like most artists fresh out of post-grad school and just embarking upon a career, 30-year-old Ian Monroe inhabits a low-rent east London studio in a ramshackle building of quite appalling squalor. Unlike the vast majority of his peers, however, within months of leaving Goldsmiths, Monroe has gained himself a name worth dropping in fashionably discerning art circles - albeit a name he's now perversely anxious to ditch.
Known for the purposes of his MA show as Matthew Ian Monroe, and bought by Charles Saatchi under that title, he's since dropped the superfluous first name and is henceforth known as plain Ian.
He's a New Yorker by birth and nomadic by inclination, his childhood spent in Washington (where his father was curator at the Renwick Gallery, part of the Smithsonian Institute) and his youth all over the US.

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Source: www.guardian.co.uk