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Exhibition Detail
Matthew Monahan
44 East Sixth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202


April 23rd, 2011 - October 30th, 2011
 
, Matthew MonahanMatthew Monahan
© Courtesy of the artist & Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati
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One of the most exciting sculptors working today, Matthew Monahan uses unconventional pedestrian materials—whose surfaces are manipulated with glitter, wax and spray paint to achieve the effects of aged bronze and other metals—to create monumentally scaled figurative sculptures. The bodies of his sculptural heroes and heroines appear to have been built from unmatched spare parts. With wires and strapping, each section is precariously tethered to the whole. As such, Monahan’s sculptures seem to hover in a state of fleeting existence, projecting the illusion that the forces of nature could turn them back into unrecognizable rubble at any moment. His works succeed in engaging the viewer in a dialogue between contemporary and ancient; alien and disparate parts. His fragmented figures—with their active postures and facial expressions—convey the struggles of coming into existence in the present moment while carrying a sense of a past long gone.


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