Rivers, when they flood, grab whatever they can get their hands on, bind it together with the force of current, and run fast and hard wherever they please.
When they’re done flooding, they leave
scattered monuments of debris behind,
physical reminders that say:
“You can't control nature. Hell,
you can't control anything.”
My work is inspired by rivers.
It flows through painting and assemblage
to portray movement, space, the
human form, and serious play.
It struggles between leaving, arriving,
and staying put. Struggle never stops.
Discovery never ends. Arriving never gets
me anywhere but a new point of departure.
I go round and round trying my best to get there.
Born in Denver, Colorado in 1952, Monaghan has lived and worked in Chicago since 1977.
Eventually (Hope is a thing with feathers)
2019- Mana Decentralized, Mana Contemporary,
Jersey City, NJ
2019- Thing, Cosmetic Solutions, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY
2018- All the Best Artists Are My Friends,
Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ
2017- Unapologetic Drawing, Ralph Arnold Gallery, Chicago
2014- Brucennial 2, New York City
2012- Brucennial 3, New York City
2011- Smithumenta II, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City
2009- Light and Time, Plum Gallery, Charleston, SC
2010- A Grand Opening, 675 Hudson St, New York, NY
2008- E Pluribus, Plum Gallery, Charleston, SC
2005- Coming Through, Refuge Center, Skokie, Il
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