Observations of Light & Matter

COOPER COLE is pleased to welcome American artist Brendan Monroe for his first solo exhibition in Toronto.

Through a series of paintings and sculptures, Monroe tells a story of a world filled with unique personalities and imaginary organisms. Monroe cultivates a taste for scientific challenges, relationships to math, the properties in physics, and the surreal. His dream-like scenes overflow with cellular shapes, creating a landscape set on a universal level. Mobius strips and algorithms integrate with human figures to create an environment that allows the mind to explore a journey of solitude. Monroe’s atmospheric imagery achieves a pause in both time and space; a moment that can be read as either the creation of new being or as the passing in to a serene immortality.

“Observations of Light & Matter is a way for me to reinterpret the facets of current and past scientific frontiers. The work is sometimes directly derived from scientific observations and at other times loosely inspired by them. My purpose is to ask the questions that lead to an understanding of physics in nature all around us. I often don’t completely understand the entirety of every concept, but I’m searching for a way to interest is not in explaining or figuring out, but more in the interpretation and injection of perspective of these subjects.”

Brendan Monroe was born and raised in Southern California and holds a BFA honours from the Art Centre College of Design. He has exhibited his art internationally at galleries such as Richard Heller in Los Angeles and Galerie LJ in Paris. His work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times and New American Paintings. Monroe currently lives and works in Oakland, USA.

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