Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Brendan Monroe/Evah Fan Paris, FR (Sept 4)

I don't know. Maybe someone reads our blog in France. Brendan and Evah are both having a show, but it's in Paris, and they've been living in Sweden for the past year. We actually took over their place in Berkeley, and I paint and sit exactly where Evah sat.

Galerie L.J. is pleased to present Figments by American Artist Brendan Monroe. The exhibition will mark the artist's second solo show in France.

Brendan Monroe's universe is populated with characters and landscapes reflecting the depths of his subconscious. His aim is to recreate a place of solace and escape from reality, while holding onto the humanness of a thought. This imaginary world is presented as a novel experience and designed to be seen as if it were a series of thoughts or dreams. It is a place that is always evolving and characters are constantly stepping on and off stage. His characters are part element and part human. For example, anonymous humanoid forms in which each might reflect a different emotional quality more strongly than the other; a hidden desire or confidence to explore. This escape from reality is a peace of mind that carries with it an edge of unfamiliarity and mystery.

Brendan Monroe continues to explore his own mental world which takes the form of certain abstraction, contemplative and serene. Small agencies of molecular acorns or potatoes and not as present but the spotlight is on vast lunar landscapes and stringy rivers of color.

Brendan and his wife, artist Evah Fan, have recently moved to Stockholm, Sweden where they continue careers as artists and illustrators. Monroe received his B.F.A. from Art Center College of Design in 2004. He is co-represented by Faye Fleming & Partner in Geneva, Switzerland and Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica, California, USA.

Galerie L.J.
12 rue Commines FR-75003 Paris
M(8) Filles du Calvaire

+33 (0) 1 72 38 44 47

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