Mineral Spirits: Anne Chu & Matthew Monahan

When 16 Aug 2010
Where ICA Philadelphia
118 S. 36th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States
Enquiry 215.898.7108

(from left to right) Anne Chu, Figurine, 2008, ceramic and oil paint.  Courtesy of the artist and 303 Gallery, NY.  Matthew Monahan, Untitled, 2007, charcoal on paper on canvas with wood. Courtesy of the artist and collectors Alison and Alan Schwartz


September 15 – December 5 2010

Opening Reception: September 15, 6-8pm

Press Release:

Anne Chu and Matthew Monahan are known for uniquely individual bodies of work that mine forms ranging from antiquity to Buddhism and classicism to modernism, as well as the history of sculpture and drawing. By placing these two artists’ works side by side, this two-person exhibition of sculpture and drawing constructs a place to explore their distinctive take on the figure. Using combinative methods—for example, figures are often broken down and reassembled—Chu’s and Monahan’s sculptures look at once ancient and utterly contemporary. Though their work shares various sensibilities, the included sculptures and drawings are selected to exemplify the very distinct ways these two artists see and make the figure. Working with a range of materials, from aluminum to foam to paper, each addresses the figure as a fertile mode within which to explore abstraction, drawing, and craft.

About the Artists:

Anne Chu (b. 1959, New York City, lives Queens, New York) has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina; Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, California; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; and Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Ohio. Her work was included in The Puppet Show, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia and the 54th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh; Sculptors Drawing, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado; and Shuffling the Deck: The Collection Reconsidered, Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey. In 2001 Chu was the recipient of the Anonymous Was a Woman and Penny McCall Foundation awards. She was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010. She received a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art and an MFA from Columbia University.

Matthew Monahan (b. 1972, Eureka, California, lives Los Angeles) received a BFA from Cooper Union School of Art. He studied at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, and De Ateliers, Amsterdam, and in Japan at the Kitakyushu Center for Contemporary Art. His work was the subject of a solo show at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. He has been included in Sonsbeek Sculpture Exhibition, Arnhem; Life on Mars: 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh; Unmonumental, New Museum, New York; Eden’s Edge: Fifteen LA Artists, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the 2006 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, New York.

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