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GRIMM is pleased to announce the solo exhibition ‘Seven Leagues to Pompeii’ by William Monk (UK, 1977). This exhibition marks the artist’s fourth solo presentation with the gallery, and the first in our New York space.

“The seven,” wrote Syd Barret in his lyrics for Pink Floyd’s song Chapter 24, “is the number of the young light / It forms when darkness is increased by one.” Minus the music, the bare poetry has the feel of a murmured alchemical fugue, and it’s one of the touchstones for William Monk’s creative process, in which, as Barrett wrote, “Things cannot be destroyed once and for all.”

They can only change – in Monk’s case, by evolving through a mesh of subject-matter and imagery which, over the last 15 years, has informed paintings which often radiate a sizzling colour-voltage, like tapestries about to burst into flame; others have the organic, hyper close-up quality of an electron-micrograph; some are like freeze-frames in a pulsing mescaline vision.

 


Works

Exhale and the Kingdom

William Monk

2017

Oil on canvas, artist frame

Unframed: 190.5 x 299.7 cm | 75 x 118 in Framed: 191.2 x 300.1 x 6.4 cm | 75.5 x 118.5 x 2.5 in

And the Seventh Brings Return II

William Monk

2017

Oil on canvas, artist frame

Unframed: 248.9 x 218.4 cm | 98 x 86 in Framed: 250.2 x 219.7 x 6 cm | 98 1/2 x 86 1/2 x 2 3/8 in


Artists

William Monk

William Monk’s scenographic works tap into the rich tradition of painting. Monk paints enigmatic and vibrant works, using starkly divisional compositions and often works in extensive series that gradually evolve over time. The canvases carry irregular intensities of detail, line, foreground and background, a sense of repetition breaks down the figuration, creating visual mantras.


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