Overview: Artist Ian Monroe has had recent solo exhibitions at St Louis Art Museum USA and Galeria Casado Santapau, Madrid and his work features in the current show in the Winchester Gallery, 'By Torch and Spear". Monroe's essay "Where Does One Thing End And The Next Begin?" was originally commissioned and published by Black Dog Publishing in "Collage: Assembling Contemporary Art", the first authoritative survey of the history of collage. Here, the artist will expand on this essay to discuss the process of collage in a wider sphere.
Monroe will explore how collage can be seen as a function of 'edges', of the discreet point where two different materials, images, or ideas collide and give rise to a third thing that is distinctly new, yet retains it's commingled identity. The lecture will explore how the edges of a collaged artwork, as opposed to painterly techniques such as 'blending', or subtractive methods of carving for example, reflects processes at work in many areas outside the domain of art. Some of these areas include military camouflage, prosthetic limbs, civil engineering, and chemistry.
Bio: Artist and writer Ian Monroe was born in New York in 1972 and currently lives and works in London. He received his MA from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2002. Monroe came to public attention in 2003 when the Saatchi Gallery featured a large-scale work from the artist's MA show. The artist was included in 'Edge of the Real' 2004, a group painting show at the Whitechapel Gallery. 'They Built Upon It' (2005) at Haunch of Venison London was accompanied by the first major catalogue of Monroe's work, including texts by poet and art critic, Barry Schwabsky. Monroe has contributed eassys to a number of publications, including “Collage, Assembling Contemporary Art”, 2008, Black Dog Publications. Monroe was recently commissioned by St Johns College, Oxford to design a major public commission for the university. Most recently, Monroe was the recipient of the Freund Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, in partnership with the Saint Louis Art Museum where Monroe had his first US solo show.