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509 West 24th Street

November 21 – December 13, 2008

sculpture with satyr in an orb on a tripod by pentti monkkonen

Pentti Monkkonen

Satyr Engine, 2008


65 x 28 x 28 inches  165.1 x 71.1 x 71.1 cm

Edition of 3 with 2 AP

sculpture with wheel and mask on wooden pedestal by pentti monkkonen

Pentti Monkkonen

Herm, 2008

Bronze and wood

59 1/2 x 17 1/2 x 27 inches  151.1 x 44.5 x 68.6 cm

Edition of 3 with 2 AP

sculpture with boat on wooden pedestal by pentti monkkonen

Pentti Monkkonen

The Temple of Dionysus, 2008

Bronze on artist's pedestal

36 x 35 x 11 inches  91.4 x 88.9 x 27.9 cm


JP Munro, The Trojan War, 2008

JP Munro

The Trojan War, 2008

Oil on linen

40 x 50 inches  101.6 x 127 cm

painting of a waterfall in a cave by jp munro

JP Munro

Untitled, 2008

Oil on linen

18 x 20 inches  45.7 x 50.8 cm

 met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings,
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley
Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Pentti Monkkonen and JP Munro in the project space. The artists both share an interest in appropriating forms and imagery from classical art.
Munro pursues a number of specific themes that evoke the grandiosity and mystery of ancient empires. These exotic 'other' worlds represent the way in which the past is unlike the present, essentially lost and unknowable. This feeling of lost meaning is reiterated in the paintings looking more like tapestries, a forgotten medium. The color and lines are applied in distinct flat layers. Depth is represented in the drawing, but the real depth occurs in the complexity of the superimposed layers of color. This is not airy Newtonian space of renaissance perspective but rather the plenum of contemporary digital space.
Monkkonen's bronze and wood sculptures refer to both the statues and objects of ancient Greece and also to the nautical use of bronze as a corrosion resistant material. He makes connections that spring more from visual similarity than allegorical significance. Associations are made between the ramming prow of Ancient Greek ship and the "bulbous bow" that is standard in hull design of contemporary cargo ships. The Herm statue of ancient fertility rites is combined with a ships wooden steering wheel. An automaton satyr is positioned inside a bronze wheel that is equal parts Antikythera device and industrial age machinery.
Both Pentti Monkkonen and JP Munro live and work in Los Angeles. Monkkonen's work has been exhibited at the Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, 2007 and at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, 2000. Munro was included in the Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night, New York, and exhibited at the ICA, London, 2004.