carton

KENT MONKMAN: Miss America

August 25 - September 22, 2012

ABOUT THE SHOW  /  WORKS /  LINKS  /  C.V.



ABOUT THE SHOW


Kent Monkman: Miss America
__

“I pillage the history of painting, from the Baroque era to Romanticism, to investigate and challenge the subjectivity of the European eye on Aboriginal peoples and the ‘New World’”

-
Kent Monkman

Kent Monkman has established himself as one of the most exciting and dynamic contemporary artists inCanada. For Monkman, history is not a static, repressive regime of misleading stereotypes and tired art historical tropes, it is a lithe medium ripe for re-imagining and re-population.

In MissAmerica, Monkman has chosen as his inspiration Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.

His reworking of Tiepolo’s ceiling cycle The Four Continents (1754), specifically America at Treppenhaus, Residenz at Würzburg, Germany, challenges the euro- western ‘Age of Reason’ through a re-casting of allegory and classism into a Canadian Indigenous context. Tiepolo’s cycle, epitomized, not only the lush allegorical language of Renaissance and Baroque conceptualizations of the world, but also the humanist philosophies that characterize the Enlightenment – the aesthetics of Classical Antiquity coupled with the search for imperial truth through reason to bring order from chaos.  Likewise, Monkman, in appropriating these compositional, syntactic and iconographical tools, piles luscious fully-fleshed Indigenous and Non-Indigenous bodies into a climax of theAmericas that simultaneously assert and undermine the ‘rationalism’ of the Age.

As in all Monkman’s work, we are drawn in and seduced by his ribald sexuality, his critique of historical narrative and further rewarded by the work’s elegance and rich corporality. Monkman neither satirizes, nor demeans his subject works. He evaluates and re-supposes them in meaningful, profound and wondrous ways. By monumentalizing the indigenous experience in theAmericas, he posits a differing historical trajectory, skewering the apocryphal fantasies of colonial supremacy and  manifest destiny

By Indigenizing the Euro-western canon he creates a tragic-comedy of  multiple entendre, played out in a  realm of mythic illusions, conscious and unconscious desires, myriad reflections on socio-cultural violence…..and acts of pure magic. He creates masterworks of subversion and sensuality, responding to and engaging an anti-colonial discourse steeped in the enduring of rationalism and imperialism within contemporary and historical imagination. These are constructions of presence that disentangle existing paradigms, bringing attention to the exclusiveness of popularly prescribed history.

Monkman’s figures posit a profound Indigenization of the landscape in a way unimaginable to art historical dogmatists. His is an “Americas” peopled  by robust bodies grappling within colonial imperial knowledge – no one is exempt.

Their exuberant romp over the canvas is simultaneously a celebration and condemnation of cultural specificity undermined by the nation state. The complex imagery demands the viewer to look and orient themselves in what can only be an intensely political discourse of violent confluence and difference.  It is a point, and site, of resistance and sovereignty for Indigenous people. And rising above it all…amid the tumult and the chaos is Monkman’s alter ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle; dazzling, unflappable, supple and yes…regal, in all her sumptuous glory.

MissAmerica, indeed!

- Steve Loft / Rachelle Dickenson, 2012

___

Kent Monkman is an artist of Cree ancestry working in a variety of mediums.  His work was featured in solo exhibitions at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and a National touring solo exhibition organized by the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art and in group exhibitions such as Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art at the Peabody Essex Museum, Remix: New Modernities in a Post Indian World at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Steeling the Gaze: Portraits by Aboriginal Artists at the National Gallery of Canada, We Come in Peace:  Histories of the Americas at the Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montreal and The American West at Compton Verney, England.  He was featured at the 2010 Sydney Biennale and the exhibition My Winnipeg at la Maison Rouge, Paris. He is currently featured in the exhibition Oh Canada at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the largest survey of contemporary Canadian art ever produced internationally.



WORKS FOR SALE

(click on images below for larger view, please ensure browser pop-up blockers are disabled)




View of the show

miss_america   miss_america   miss_america   miss_america  
Miss America
2012
acrylic on canvas 
213 x 335 cm (84" x 132")

  Miss America
detail
  Miss America
detail
  Miss America
detail
 

view_of_show

Descent_Into_Amnesia   Descent_Into_Amnesia   Descent_Into_Amnesia      
Descent Into Amnesia
2011
acrylic on canvas 
120 x 181 cm (47.5" x 71.5")


  Descent Into Amnesia
detail
  Descent Into Amnesia
detail
 
 

View of the show

flow   flow   flow      
Flow
2011
acrylic on canvas 
123 x 172 cm (48" x 68")
SOLD

  Flow
detail
  Flow
detail
 
 

View of the show

Winnetou & Shatterhand Tonto & The Lone Ranger   Apollo_and_Hyacinth    Achilles_and_Patroclus      
Winnetou & Shatterhand Tonto & The Lone Ranger
2012
2 HD videos with monitors 
5:00 min.
edition of 5 
  Apollo and Hyacinth 
2012
archival giclee and acrylic on canvas
56 x 40.5 cm (22" x 16") 
edition of 15
  Achilles and Patroclus 
2012
archival giclee and acrylic on canvas
56 x 40.5 cm (22" x 16") 
edition of 15
 
 
For more available works by Kent Monkman please click here.



LINKS

- Jérôme Delgado. "Kent Monkman revisite la statuaire monumentale avec Miss America" Le Devoir September 15, 2012 (in French).
- Sarah Malik. "Review: Kent Monkman's Miss America" Cult MTL August 29, 2012).
- Karen Rosenberg. "Border Crossing Identity Crisis: 'Oh Canada' exhibition at Mass MoCA " The New York Times August 30, 2012.
- Sholem Krishtalka. "At Play in the Fields of Unified History" In Toronto Magazine July 2012.
- "Miss America" (Solo) at Centre Space (Toronto), Summer 2012.
- Kent Monkman's website
- Kent Monkman's page on the PFOAC website






ARTIST'S C.V.

click here to download the artist's recent C.V.



_______
contact