WALL TO WALL I was recently invited to paint a mural in Berkeley, CA for the Converse Wall to Wall project. Check it out here online or in person at Ledger’s Liquor on University and Acton.
July Group Shows I have a few pieces in group shows going on through July. July 5 - 27, Corrective Course at Marcas Gallery in Santa Ana, CA. July 5 - August 29, Dime Bag 4 curated by Jordin Isip at The End is Near in Brooklyn, NY. July 10 - 31, Decade of Decadunce at Cinders Gallery in New York, NY.
TAIWAN !!! I will be participating in this year’s Pow! Wow! Taiwan, painting on a big wall at the Taipei Artist Village. There are lots of events for the whole week and weekend. If you are near, come say hi and check out some of the murals. May 28 - June 3. Follow along on Instagram here and here. Facebook here and here.
Brendan Monroe (USA) and Evah Fan (USA, Taiwan) are husband and wife artists based in Oakland, California. For their fist exhibition in Taiwan, Monroe will showcase recent “Black” ink drawings that are primarily based on landscapes abstracted in topographic lines, while Fan has created a new series of delicate characters floating and dreaming among the stars of the “Night” sky. They are frequent publishers of zines and have shown their work in France, Canada, Sweden and the United States.
MARBLE FIGMENT I’ve just received a new edition of marbleized Figment figures. This White Marble version is limited to 20 pieces and cast from an original wood sculpture in Japanese Vinyl. Available here.
PORTLAND I have a few paintings in a group exhibition at Hellion Gallery to benefit the Forest For The Trees mural festival. Proceeds will go to bringing artists to the city and painting on walls. The show and pop-up shop opens May 16 and runs through May 30.
POW! WOW! I had the honor last week to be a part of Pow! Wow! Hawaii. I collaborated on a mural with Glenn Barr at Wayne’s Auto Electric in Kaka’ako. If you are in town, have a walk around to see some of the amazing paintings in the neighborhood. Thanks to all who were involved in making this year’s Pow! Wow! such a rewarding experience.
I’m in Hawaii for this week for POW! WOW! I’ll be painting along with group of 120 artists painting over 60 walls. Tonight the events kick off with the exhibition at the the Honolulu Museum of Art and run through February 15th.
JOSHUA TREE For the month of November, I’m living and working at a cabin in the middle of Joshua Tree National Park as the Artist in Residence. I’ll be using the time to focus on comics and other black and white work. I’ve been posting images while here on Instagram and Facebook.
PARIS This week is the last week to see Turning, a solo exhibition in Paris at Galerie L.J. that runs until November 20.
Turning, a solo exhibition presenting a new series of paintings and wood sculptures opens October 22nd in Paris at Galerie L.J.
Brendan Monroe Turning October 22, 2013 - November 20, 2013 Opening reception / Tuesday October 22, 2013 / 7pm
Galerie L.J. is pleased to present Turning, the third exhibition in Paris by American artist Brendan Monroe. The exhibition showcases a series of new paintings on paper and wood sculptures.
In continuation of the evolution of his work over the past three years towards a more contemplative world with refined landscapes, almost abstract, Monroe continues to develop the rotational movement in his paintings. Indeed, it is all about movement in his work, which is slow but also active as a reflection of what is happening around us, where things are always a perpetual rotary motion. Brendan Monroe illustrates the maxim, “Nothing is lost, everything is transformed.”
GALERIE L.J. 12 rue Commines, Paris 75003 France email@example.com / +33 (0) 1 72 38 44 47 / www.galerielj.com
September Group Shows I have work in a few group shows going on through September. September 5 - 28, Buddy System Invitational at Breeze Block Gallery in Portland, OR. September 6 - 29, Beer is Art at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. September 20 - November 10, Risque at the Long Beach Museum of Art in Long Beach, CA.
Melting Into the Floor, a solo exhibition of new work opens May 18th in Los Angeles at Richard Heller Gallery. Please come by, see some art and say hi if you are in the area.
Brendan Monroe Melting Into the Floor May 18, 2013 - June 15, 2013 Opening reception / Saturday May 18, 2013 / 5 - 7pm
RICHARD HELLER GALLERY, Santa Monica is pleased to present, Melting Into The Floor, a solo exhibition of new works by Oakland based artist, Brendan Monroe. The show will consist of a body of paintings on paper and a number of sculptures in wood.
This new body of work slips just beyond the border of reality. The figurative paintings and sculptures have fallen through the folds of reason, have been flattened out, liquified and parceled into various shapes. The title, Melting Into the Floor connotes a feeling of dissolving and morphing into an abstract state. As liquid can change into a gas or solid, the artist is interested in the crossing point at which fundamental alteration sets course. It is Brendan’s goal to somehow catch these figures shortly after the moment when they’ve burst into ribbons and blobs. Monroe imagines these images at frozen points of motion with an implied short narrative that refers to the before and after.
Monroe received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design in 2004. He has had solo exhibitions with Faye Fleming and Partner in Geneva, Switzerland, Galerie L.J. in Paris, France and Cooper Cole in Toronto, Canada. His work has recently appeared in the New York Times and New Yorker magazine.
RICHARD HELLER GALLERY 2525 Michigan Avenue B-5A, Santa Monica, CA 90404 USA firstname.lastname@example.org / 310 453 9191 / www.richardhellergallery.com
I’m very pleased to have some of my work on a recent cover of the journal Nature.
I’lI also have a few pieces in two group shows coming up. Wider Than a Postcard, May 2 - June 1 at Breeze Block Gallery in Portland OR. Suggestivism, May 3 - 30 at the Casa dell’Architettura/Acquario Romano in Rome. Presented by MondoPop.
Happy New Year! This year looks like it’ll be a busy one for me with two big solo shows. The first one will be in May in Los Angeles at Richard Heller Gallery and the second is planned for the fall at Galerie L.J. in Paris.
NEW YORK The Society of Illustrators has some original drawings from my Islands comics on view until January 26 in New York. They’ve been accepted as part of the sequential Illustrators 55 competition.
LOS ANGELES I’ll be at the LA Art Book Fair at the end of the month presented by Printed Matter at the Geffen Contemporary in Japan Town. I’m sharing a table with Deth and Evah, but there will be a bunch other amazing artists and friends as well. January 31 - February 3.
The End I have work in two group shows coming up that are related to the end of the world. Don’t Wake Daddy VII, December 1 - 22 at Galerie Feinkunst Krüger in Hamburg. End of the World, December 6 - 30 at Compound Gallery in Portland OR.
A.P.E. I’ll be at the Alternative Press Expo October 13-14 in San Francisco. I’m sharing a table with Deth, Marci, Teppei and of course Evah. I’ve been working on Islands n.2 for a while and I’ll have fresh copies available there. Stop in and say hi, we’re at table 823.
Space // Form Breeze Block Gallery in Portland OR presents Space // Form, a group show of 10 x 10 inch works on panel. The show is curated by Sven Davis of Arrested Motion and includes over 100 contemporary artists. It runs until September 29.
SAN FRANCISCO My wife, Evah Fan’s solo show What Have You is currently up in San Francisco at Park Life and runs through September 30.
New Website! Please feel free to poke around a bit. There are a bunch of new paintings and sculptures. It’s a little more streamlined than the old site and the news feed can now be followed through tumblr or by the RSS link.
SDCC #5032 I will be at Comic Con in San Diego this year sharing a table with Mario (Mars-1) Martinez. July 14, Saturday only we’ll be making a special pop up store at booth #5032 in conjunction with MAS and Cardboard Spaceship. We’ve collaborated on a painting recently that will be available as a limited edition screen print and we will both have books, zines, shirts and other goodies from the flat files. Stop by if you are near and say hi.
DKE #4738 I will also be releasing a new limited edition Japanese vinyl sculpture entitled Figment. There will be 50 in each of two colors. On Saturday I will be at the DKE booth #4738 doing a signing between 3pm and 4pm. The new figure will be available durring the whole show. Come by and get a small drawing on it on Saturday.
Kinektron Poster Series I recently made a series of paintings in collaboration with Glen Liberman’s music project titled Kinektron. They will be released as 12 x 12 inch posters in two groups of three. Each poster comes with an MP3 track that matches the image. The music can be heard here and the posters seen here.
Particle Collisions Collisions is a new zine title I just got back from the printer. It’s inspired by data coming from detectors at the Large Hardon Collider in Switzerland. It’s available here.
Many in May May 4 - June 23, I will have a piece in the ceramic group show Ceramiques Contemporaines at Galerie L.J. May 10 - June 30, I’ve got a small piece in Nathan Spoor’s Sugestivism at Bold Hype in New York. May 17-20, I’ll have a couple pieces with Park Life at the artMRKT in San Francisco.
For those who can’t make it in person I’ve made a short slide show of my photos.
PARIS Drawing Now I will have a series of paintings at Le Salon du Dessin Contemporain or The Drawing Now show in Paris. I’ll be represented by Galerie L.J. March 29 - April 1. Please stop in if you are in the area. Also, Quarante Par Trente runs until April 7 at the Gallery in the Marais.
TORONTO Observations of Light and Matter is opens at Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto this friday, March 2. Please stop by and see it in person if you are in Toronto. I will be there for the opening reception and I will be giving a talk on Saturday, March 3, presented by The Ministry of Artistic Affairs.
PARIS March 15, Evah and I are both participating in a group show opening at Galerie L.J. in Paris. The gallery selected a group of it’s represented artists, then asked them to each invite another artist. Each work in the show is produced at the standard european size of 40 x 30 cm or Quarante Par Trente.
Brendan Monroe Observations of Light & Matter March 2, 2012 - March 25, 2012 Opening reception / Friday March 2, 2012 / 6 - 10pm Artist talk / Saturday March 3, 2012 / 3 - 4pm
COOPER COLE is pleased to welcome American artist Brendan Monroe for his first solo exhibition in Toronto.
Through a series of paintings and sculptures, Monroe tells a story of a world filled with unique personalities and imaginary organisms. Monroe cultivates a taste for scientific challenges, relationships to math, the properties in physics, and the surreal. His dream-like scenes overflow with cellular shapes, creating a landscape set on a universal level. Möbius strips and algorithms integrate with human figures to create an environment that allows the mind to explore a journey of solitude. Monroe’s atmospheric imagery achieves a pause in both time and space; a moment that can be read as either the creation of new being or as the passing in to a serene immortality.
"Observations of Light and Matter is a way for me to reinterpret the facets of current and past scientific frontiers. The work is sometimes directly derived from scientific observations and at other times loosely inspired by them. My purpose is to ask the questions that lead to an understanding of physics in nature all around us. I often don’t completely understand the entirety of every concept, but I’m searching for a way to interpret their possibilities and how they might have an impact on myself and others. My interest is not in explaining or figuring out, but more in the interpretation and injection of perspective of these subjects."
Brendan Monroe was born and raised in Southern California with a BFA honours from the Art Centre College of Design. He has exhibited his art internationally at galleries such as Richard Heller in Los Angeles and Galerie LJ in Paris. His work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times and New American Paintings. Monroe currently lives and works in Oakland, California.
COOPER COLE 1161 Dundas Street West, Toronto ON, M6J1X3, Canada email@example.com / 647 347 3316 / www.coopercolegallery.com
Charitable Causes I’m participating in two charitable shows coming up as well. The $100 show at Wieden + Kennedy in Portland February 2. Each artwork in the show is a steal at only $100. I’ll have two bigger pieces at the Fresh stART show in Santa Monica on February 4. Both of these shows are donating %50 their sales to charities.
NYT I had a chance to do some artwork for the New York Times Sunday Review section. I really like the way the newspaper dot printing looks up close and in color. You can see the article on NYT and full printed image here.
Alternative Press Book Fair This weekend if you are in the Bay Area, I will be participating in the East Bay Alternative Press Book Fair with my friend Deth Sun. It takes place on Saturday, December 10 at the Berkeley City College.
100 Black Art Projects presents 100, Nov 4 - 13 in Melbourne Australia at the Langford 120 Gallery. 100, by and large, is a project that challenges the notion of ‘drawing’ by staging an exhibition of works that engage the act of drawing in relation to facets of perception, process and the capacity for individual invention. It seeks to encourage discussion about the relevance and transformation of drawing in contemporary art practices. I have a series of works in the show, more info can be found here.
Staf Magazine I did a special online cover and feature in this month’s issue of Staf Magazine in Spain.
1 x Run Print Coming up on Nov 14 will be the release of a new print through 1xRun. They are a printing house in the Detroit area who releases a print for the very limited time of 1 week at a time. They will be making a 3 color screenprint of an image based on a page from my comic Islands.
East West Connect Evah and I each have a piece in this show coming up in Hong Kong. Currated by Arrested Motion, it opens on the 25th at the Above Second Gallery.
Islands I just got a newly printed run of my Islands comic. They’re still smelling like fresh litho inks. Check it out here. It’s Nice That gave the book a very kind review. Also, coming up in about a month I’ll be releasing a print based on an image from the comic on 1xRun.
Madrid Espacio Mínimo in Madrid, Spain has a couple pieces of mine in their group show Human Nature, co-curated by Richard Heller. It looks to be a really good show with lots of amazing work. It runs Sept 15 through Nov 8th.
A.P.E. Coming up on October 1st - 2nd in San Francisco is the Alternative Press Expo. I’ll have a few things with my friends Mark Todd and Esther Watson at the Fun Chicken table. I should have some freshly printed copies of my new comic Islands. Come by and say hi if you’re there.
Oaklanders The new studio is now officially located in Oakland, California. We will miss Stockholm for it’s water and plentiful forests, but we’re also happy to be back where we can get a cheap bite to eat.
Surf-Jaw Print! Evah has a new print that just released on Tinyshowcase.com. A portion of the print sales go to benefit Pangea Seed, an anti shark finning and clean beach organization based in Japan.
SF Zine Fest I’ll be sharring a table with my friend Deth P. Sun at the SF Zine Fest coming up on September 4th and 5th.