Artist: Keegan Monaghan
painting | Oil on canvas | 1534x1829mm | 2016

With their tactile, heavily worked surfaces, glowing light sources, and emphasis on subjective points of view, Keegan Monaghan’s paintings channel aspects of Impressionist painting, but they are very much of today’s image-centric world. Monaghan employs visual tricks to make small items appear disproportionately large, skewing our perspective. The enormously clunky telephone in Incoming, for example, appears within a tightly cropped space, dwarfing the chair behind it. Other paintings play with a sense of inclusion and exclusion, positioning the viewer as a voyeur peering on to a scene through a peephole or fence. It is not always clear in Monaghan’s work whether the viewer is looking out or looking in, excluded or implicated. (Collection of Ninah and Michael Lynne. Image courtesy the artist and James Fuentes Gallery, New York. Photograph by Jason Mandella)


Whitney Biennial 2019 | 2019.05.17 - 2019.09.22 | Whitney Museum of American Art(New York City, NY, United States)