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Kent Monkman

Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath–Force of Nature
Glyndor Gallery | June 7– September 7, 2015

 

Pictured above: Study for Seeing Red, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36". Collection of John Latour and Pierre-François Ouellette

 

In his work, Kent Monkman, a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry, explores the displacement and disenfranchisement of indigenous populations and the loss of local and traditional cultures caused by the onset of modernity. He employs art historical references to reproach us for the abuse of the land and native people of North America. In his provocative series, three studies of which are included in this exhibition, Monkman depicts the suburban landscape being reclaimed by wildlife and First Nations people, while the work of modern masters lies in their wake.

In Bad Medicine, for example, grizzly bears invade a housing development while a grotesque figure painted in the style of Francis Bacon squirms on the curbside. In The Chase, abstract bulls resembling Picasso’s geometric compositions run with realistically rendered bison through an abandoned street, fleeing the bow and arrow of a speeding huntsman. Seeing Red, shows a violent turf war between beasts and mythological creatures who are battling to retrieve lost terrain. These disturbing images play out a revenge fantasy, representing the consequences of centuries of irresponsible encroachment upon the land.

Monkman has had solo exhibitions at major Canadian museums, such as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; the Winnipeg Art Gallery; and the Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford. He has shown in group exhibitions at Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands; the 2010 Biennale of Sydney, Australia; La Maison Rouge, Paris, France; and MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.; and the Denver Art Museum. Monkman studied illustration at Sheridan College of Applied Arts, Brampton, Canada.

 

Study for The Chase, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36", Collection John Latour and Pierre-François Ouellette

Study for Bad Medicine, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36",Collection François Dell’Aniello/J. Serge Sasseville

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.