Jonathan Monk I Car Hoods

Jonathan Monk

Jonathan Monk walk through the exhibition Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n Roll and talks about his  Car hood series.

Jonathan Monk’s (b. 1969, UK) three works each feature a car hood mounted on the wall. Each is immaculately painted in the likeness of a pop star—in this case, Grace Jones, Iggy Pop and Jimi Hendrix. The glossy quality of the surface and the angular bends of the hood create a dynamic effect that almost seem to interact with you as you walk past. This nod to intense idolatry and worship is playful while also underlining the power these figures have in our lives. Monk has long been fascinated with pop stars and art stars alike. His practice takes on questions of originality, authorship, and the role of the artist. Using aesthetic elements and conceptual principles most frequently associated with the classical era of conceptual art—the beginning of the 1960s through the late 1970s—Jonathan Monk’s works often directly take on the artists who have come before him, his contemporary peers and occasionally also himself.

Filmed and edited by Andreas Rosforth.

carrie emberlyn