I began experimenting with materials at a young age to understand their interactions. At the time, I was exponentially more excited about empty candy containers to make my mixtures in than their original contents. With a suburban kitchen as my studio, I was able to play with color, composition and texture as my experiments were left to cure and ferment. The urge as a child to visually understand and master the elemental relationships of materials and process has never subsided. My approach now, retains the same spirit of adventure and discovery with the attempt to create cartographic renderings of my own thoughts and emotions.
2004 BFA. James Madison University
Lives and works in Los Angeles
“#johnmonn”. The Cabin LA. Los Angeles
“Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic L.A.” curated by Rene-Julien Praz. PIASA. Paris (Upcoming)
“Surface to Edge” curated by Carl F. Berg. Cypress College. Cypress
“The Road Ahead”. Roberts and Tilton. Los Angeles
“Lucky Draw”. Sculpture Center. Long Island City
“Project I”. Alexys Schwartz Projects. Los Angeles
“Bitter Finals”. Angstrom Gallery. Los Angeles
“Project I”. Alexys Schwartz Projects. Los Angeles. Co-curator with Alexys Schwartz.
Hull, Steven. Nothing Moments collection of short stories. Page 19. 2007
Miranda, Carolina A. “An art gallery in Los Angeles modeled on the Unabomber cabin” Los Angeles Times. Web and Print. January 29, 2015
Soria, Orlando. “Whut Glamour: Art by John Monn” Hommemaker. Web. February 8, 2013
Wong, Suzie. “The Hunter, The Hunted, Sacred Heroes And The Disposable” Get Addicted To. Web. February 6, 2013
Berger, Aaron. “John Monn’s Warped Use of Standard Childhood Nostalgia” Beautiful Decay. Web. September 21, 2012.
Caldwell, Ellen C. “The Road Ahead at Roberts and Tilton” New American Paintings Blog. Web. July 31, 2012