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Dean Monogenis
updated: 07/30/2015
website: www.deanmonogenis.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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World's Fair
Alhambra
Tower of Babel
New Drop City
Tyre
Project for El Palmar
Platonic Solids are Favored
The Speculative Architect 1
The Speculative Architect 2
The Speculative Architect 3
Austerity Complex A
Austerity Complex B
Austerity Complex C
Austerity Complex D
Every Form of Refuge
 
Portfolio Keywords:  architecture
 
 
World's Fair by Dean Monogenis
World's Fair
Graphite, acrylic, and watercolor on paper
2012
11.25" x  15" 
Alhambra by Dean Monogenis
Alhambra
Graphite and watercolor on paper
2012
11.25" x  15" 
Tower of Babel by Dean Monogenis
Tower of Babel
Graphite and watercolor on paper
2012
11.25" x  15" 
New Drop City by Dean Monogenis
New Drop City
Graphite and watercolor on paper
2012
11.25" x  15" 
Tyre by Dean Monogenis
Tyre
Graphite and watercolor on paper
2013
11.25 " x  15 " 
Project for El Palmar by Dean Monogenis
Project for El Palmar
Graphite and watercolor on paper
2012
11.25" x  15" 
Platonic Solids are Favored by Dean Monogenis
Platonic Solids are Favored
Graphite, acrylic, and watercolor on paper
2012
11.25" x  15" 
The Speculative Architect 1 by Dean Monogenis
The Speculative Architect 1
Graphite, acrylic, and watercolor on paper
2012
15" x  22" 
The Speculative Architect 2 by Dean Monogenis
The Speculative Architect 2
Graphite, acrylic, and watercolor on paper
2012
15" x  22" 
The Speculative Architect 3 by Dean Monogenis
The Speculative Architect 3
Graphite, acrylic, and watercolor on paper
2012
15" x  22" 
Austerity Complex A by Dean Monogenis
Austerity Complex A
Graphite, acrylic, and watercolor on paper
2012
15" x  22" 
Austerity Complex B by Dean Monogenis
Austerity Complex B
Graphite, acrylic, and watercolor on paper
2012
15" x  22" 
Austerity Complex C by Dean Monogenis
Austerity Complex C
Graphite, acrylic, and watercolor on paper
2012
15" x  22" 
Austerity Complex D by Dean Monogenis
Austerity Complex D
Graphite, acrylic, and watercolor on paper
2012
15" x  22" 
Every Form of Refuge by Dean Monogenis
Every Form of Refuge
Watercolor on paper
2013
11.25" x  15" 

Artist Statement

Besides their practical usage, I had never regarded buildings or architecture as more than symbols or monuments to someone else's memory or beliefs. This changed after witnessing the fall of the world trade center. Subsequent to that day, I began to see buildings organically in terms of birth and death. Interestingly the post 9/11 period was the beginning of a world wide building boom. At the time I lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where the breadth and pace of this development felt like an invasion. Buildings grew nearly over night like mushrooms or mold before my very eyes. I found it simultaneously engaging and frightening. The instinct to develop every last inch of real estate was palpable. Buildings that sprouted up would often supplant or sit next to an older building with little regard for continuity or urban planning. There was a strong sense that all decisions were made out of expedience and practical necessity with little oversight. After overcoming my initial shock, I began to distance myself and consider the situation aesthetically. I interpreted the randomness as more akin to the shantytowns in Jamaica or the Favelas in Rio. I took notice of the simplicity and planer forms of the skeletal structures as they ascended upward. Brightly colored building materials like netting and scaffolding, became interesting to me. I thought if there was a way to distill the temporary and all its ephemera, isolating key pieces into my work, then I would be able to elevate the visual indicators that speak to this period of transformation.

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION

1996 School of the Art institue of Chicago, BFA

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015:SLOWTRACK: Madrid, Spain

 2014:Walter Maciel Gallery: Los Angeles, California: Xippas Arte Contemporaneo: Montevideo, Uruguay 

2013:Galerie Xippas: Paris, France; Xippas Art Contemporain: Geneva, Switzerland

 2012: Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Galerie Xippas, Athens, Greece; VOLTA NY w/ Walter Maciel Gallery, New York, NY 

2011: Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

2010: Collette Blanchard Gallery, New York, NY; Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007: Stux Gallery, New York, NY; Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005: Stux Gallery, New York, NY

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2012: Wild ThingsAngels Gate Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

2011: New Acquisitions, Federal Reserve Board, Washington DC

2010: Future Tense: Landscape in TransitionStephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York, NY; Skeptical LandscapesHerter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 

2008: Future Tense: Reshaping the LandscapeNeuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; Lost Horizon, Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 

2006: Six Degrees of Speration 2: The Inner Workings of Cold Contact, Stux Gallery, New York, NY; Cityscape, Walter maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005: Everland, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, NY; Beautiful Dreamer, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH 

RESIDENCIES AND AWARDS

2012 CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain

2010 Anderson Ranch Editions, Snowmass Village, CO; The Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL 

2008 Dyson Artist in Residence, Pace University, Pleasantville, NY 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 

Blog: Huffingtonpost, Fifteen Must See Installations.., 3/3/12; ARTslant, Special Edition, Armory Week, 3/3/12; BOOOOOOOM, 2/1/12; Sick of the Radio, 1/19/11, Escape Into Life, 7/20/10; Haber's Art Reviews, From Wild West to Inner City Chelsea's Early Fall, 9/15/07

Print: Herald Tribune (English Edition of Kathimerini), What's On, 3/27/12; Glamour, Where Will We Go This Month?, 3/12; Vogue, Two Worlds, 3/12; IdN, v18n5, Pick of the Month, 11/11; The Brooklyn Rail, Art Seen, 4/10; New American Paintings, No 80, Volume 14, 4/09; Goings on About Town, The New Yorker, 11/21/05