Thu 12 December 2019 | 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
CCA Tel Aviv - 2a Tsadok HaCohen St., Tel Aviv,

Jonathan Monk: Exhibit Model Six – The Tel Aviv Version
December 12, 2019 – February 1, 2020
Opening: Thursday, December 12 at 8 pm

CCA – Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv is pleased to present “Exhibit Model Six – The Tel Aviv Version”, a new solo exhibition by Jonathan Monk.

Jonathan Monk (*1969, Leicester, United Kingdom; lives and works in Berlin) creates works rooted in a playful engagement with the history of postwar and contemporary art, mainly with the so-called “art +” movements of the 1960s and 1970s, such as Conceptual Art, Minimal Art, and Arte Povera. In his continuous appropriation, research, rediscovery, and reinterpretation of works by John Baldessari, Sol LeWitt, Alighiero Boetti, and others Monk induces us to reflect on pieces that may seem familiar and yet, in their present metamorphosis, appear completely strange. This ambivalent feeling seems to derive from our deep conviction that we know what we are looking at, but not quite, not really: it could very well be either identical to the thing itself, or something else. Versatile and ironic, Monk has worked in various media, and his engagement with and references to various historical and contemporary actors and factors in the art field – artworks, artists, spectators, curators, gallerists, and collectors – seems to be constant.

On the occasion of his solo exhibition at CCA Tel Aviv, the artist will present the latest, sixth, iteration of a project called “Exhibit Model” that he has been showing in modified forms since 2016 in different art spaces around the world. The idea for “Exhibit Model” was born of the artist’s desire to offer a new take on the conventional framework of realizing an art exhibition as well as budgetary constraints. Thus, the artist decided to replace a straightforward exhibition of objects with a 2D photo installation made up of a wallpaper presenting images of some of his previous exhibitions.

The exhibition is curated by CCA Tel Aviv director Nicola Trezzi.

Image: Jonathan Monk, Exhibit Model Detail with Additional Information, 2019. Mixed media, 182.5 × 123 × 15 cm.

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