John Monn is an interdisciplinary artist who utilizes a range of materials to create whimsical, textural sculptures and paintings. His artwork incorporates candy-like colors with poured-on chrome, resulting in unusual textures that emerge tactile and visual elements together. Monn’s unconventional approach allows viewers to touch the painting with their eyes and see the painting with their touch, creating an immersive and multisensory experience. In his practice, Monn explores the interplay of color, texture, spatial disorientation, and harmony, combining them in a way that diverges into a point of creative pinnacle.
Monn’s current focus involves a repetitious process of gestural models sketched in 3D, which serve as a foundation for crafting fluid forms that inspire introspection. Playing with scale both digitally and with physical objects, Monn presents his artworks in ways that alter perception and spark curiosity in materials and environment. Since graduating with a BFA from James Madison University in 2004, he has exhibited his work across the world in major cities such as New York, Paris, and Los Angeles.
2015: “#johnmonn”. The Cabin LA. Los Angeles
2019: “We Rise”. We Rise LA. Los Angeles
“Suface Spectrum”. Curated by Mark Murphy. Mash Gallery. Los Angeles
“Velvet Ropes LA”. 0-0 LA. Los Angeles
2018: “Enigma”. Curated by Danny Arron. Rouge Space Chelsea. New York
2016: “Konstructs”. Richard Heller Gallery. Los Angeles
“Art House at SoHo House”. Curated by Sharon Zoldan. SoHo House. West
2015: “Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic L.A.”. Curated by Rene-Julien Praz. PIASA. Paris
“Surface to Edge”. Curated by Carl F. Berg. Cypress College. Cypress
2012: “The Road Ahead”. Roberts and Tilton. Los Angeles
“Lucky Draw”. Sculpture Center. Long Island City
2010: “Project I”. Alexys Schwartz Projects. Los Angeles
2008: “Bitter Finals”. Curated by John Ryan Moore. Angstrom Gallery. Los Angeles