JOHN MONTI
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John Monti is a sculptor, based in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Portland, Oregon, he received a BS from Portland State University in Painting and an MFA from the Pratt Institute, where he is Professor of Fine Arts in the graduate program. Monti has exhibited nationally and internationally both in museums and galleries and has completed public commissions plus set and costume designs for dance. Exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Sculpture Center, White Columns, Artists Space, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, Curt Marcus Gallery and the Wakita Museum of Art, Japan. His work is included in major private and public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, The Eli Broad Family Foundation, The Portland Art Museum and the Wakita Museum of Art. Grants include the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Pollock Krasner Fellowship Grant, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His work has been featured in many publications, including Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, Arts Magazine, Artnews, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.

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Statement


Sneaky, delirious, confrontational, abject, sweet, pretty, ugly, artificially melancholic, happy, shinny-but dull in parts, labored-but without looking so.

 

Entitled “Flower Clusters,” my work are cast resin sculptural works, which can be seen as fetishes born of nature and finish. These sculptures represent dense amalgams of vegetation.  Twisting vines and floral forms of invention are cast in resin and coated with a high-gloss finish. 

The Clusters are aspirational while at the same time they seem burdened by their own propagation, simultaneously being pulled down while attempting to push upward.   Beauty and the melancholic allow for a brooding seduction. 

 

JM

2015



 

 





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