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21.05.1999 - 19.06.1999, Karlsruhe
The installation “Mein Onkel” by Jonathan Monk is a very subjective realisation of memory. The uncles Sydney, Stanley and Sonny, to whom the artist feels related, are represented in the gallery space in form of objects and photographies and proove as an attempted search of identity. The job and the favourite occupation of the uncles are presented, in case of uncle Sydney the portholes give an idea about his long working years at the Navy, while the film that can be seen behind shows his favourite occupation, watching TV. Jazz music refers to the preference of uncle Sonny, the dog house of dog Monty shows the favourite occupation of uncle Stanley: d.i.y.
The attempt to understand art as an order of objects and photographies and the perception that only the merger of different elements enables a seemingly objective representation is influenced by strategies of concept art. Here, the documents that became media enable to think of a possibility of declaration in the exhibition, but the irony that is inherent in the installation, does not allow a mystification of art. Much more Jonathon Monk seems to overcome the pretentious genious of the artist and his authority.
As supplement to the exhibtion the art book “2” by Jonathan Monk is published in “Revolver” Publishing house.
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Installationview Meyer Riegger