1965 Born in Vancouver, CA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, US
1991 MFA California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, US
1987 BFA University of California at San Diego, US
Belief in Giants, Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, US
Monique van Genderen, Ameringer, McEnery, Yohe , New York, US
Monique Van Genderen, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, US
Monique Van Genderen, Ameringer, McEnery, Yohe , New York, US
Monique van Genderen, Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo, NO
Monique van Genderen, Eight Modern Gallery, Santa Fe, US
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, US
D’Amelio Gallery, New York, US
Effearte, Milan, IT
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, US
Monique van Genderen, Kunstverein Heilbronn, Heilbronn, DE
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, DE
The Library: Start This Story Over, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, US
Personal Exhibition, The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, US
EffeArte, Milan, IT
Dirty Water, Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, DE
New Works, The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, US
Voges and Partner, Frankfurt, DE
Ruzicska, with Kate Costello, Salzburg, AT
The Sensory Foundations of Mental Life, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, US
Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brüssel, BE
Hammer Projects, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, US
Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens, GR
Within the same breath…, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, US
The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, US
Howard House, Seattle, US
Le Consortium, with Kirsten Everberg, Dijon, FR
Locker Plant, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, US
The Happy Lion, Los Angeles CA
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, US
Sandroni Rey Gallery, Venice, US
Venetia Kapernikas Gallery, New York, US
Sandroni Rey Gallery, Venice, US
Deep River Gallery, with Margo Victor, Los Angeles, US
Standard of Living, Amanda M. Obering Gallery, Los Angeles, US
L´oiseau Présente - Be Abstract, Galerie am Markt, Schwäbisch Hall, DE
Group Exhibiion, Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels, BE
Capture the Rapture, CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, US
High Low, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, US
Anders Kjellesvik / Monique van Genderen / J. Ariadhitya Pramuhendra, Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, DE
Garden Party, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, US
Painting in Place, (Presented by LAND - Los Angeles Nomadic Divsion), Farmers and Merchants Bank, Los Angeles, US
Burning Colours, Hopstreet, Brussels, BE
The Venice Beach Biennial, Venice, US
The Planter Show, forYourArt, Los Angeles, US
Paper does not blush, Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, DE
Los Angeles Museum of Ceramics, curated with Roger Herman, ACME Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Dorothea, Ancient & Modern, London, UK
Works of Paper, ACME Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Branstrup Gallery, Oslo, NO
Ambigu – Contemporary Painting Between Abstraction and Narration, curated by Konrad Bitterli, Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, CH
Höhenkoller, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, US
Abstractive Measures, Arena Gallery Santa Monica, US
Living Flowers Ikebana and Contemporary Art, curated by Karen Higa, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, US
Punto Linea Superficie (Dot Line Surface), EffeArte, Milan, IT
Back to Nature, Ruzicska, Salzburg, AT
Twentieth Century Fox Studios, (organized by The UCLA/Hammer Museum), Los Angeles, US
Fleeing the Scene, The Happy Lion Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Small but Beautiful, Gasser & Grunert, Inc., New York, US
Sparkle Then Fade, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, US
Modern Lovers, Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, US
Group Show, Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens, GR
Art Unlimited, curated by Samuel Keller, Art Basel 37, Basel, CH
III Edició del Certamen Internacional de Pintura de Castelló, Museu de Belles Arts de Castelló, Castelló de la Plana, ES
Masters & Johnson, Galeria Charro Negro, Guadalajara, MX
Off the Shelf: New Forms in Contemporary Artists’ Books, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, US
Los Angeles Art Now, Galleri SE, Bergen, SE
Rundumschlag, Ruzicska, Salzburg, AT
Hotel California, Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, US
Wall Paintings, curated by Francis Colpitt, University of San Antonio, US (cat)
Strictly Painting III. The Right Side of Painting, Voges and Partner Galerie, Frankfurt, DE
Sight Lines, Galerie Michael Janssen, Köln, DE
Closer to Home, The 48th Corcoran Biennial, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., US (cat)
Full House, curated by David Pagel, Clairmont Graduate University Art Gallery, Clairmont, US
The sixth annual altoids curiously strong collection, The New Museum, New York, US
Consolidated Works, Seattle, US; Arthouse, Austin, US, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, US
So few opportunities, so many mistakes, curated by Josh Smith, Champion Fine Art, Brooklyn, US
Wake-up and apologize, Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Small Works, Margo Victor Presents, Hollywood, US
The greatest album covers that never were, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, US
The Art of Pain, Gallery C, Hermosa Beach, US
Fragments, PSprojectspace, Amsterdam, NL
Art of Paper (cat.), APER, Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, US
Raid Projects, Los Angeles CA
Fake Paintings. Kbond, Los Angeles, US
Lineformcolor, Howard House, Seattle,US
Big Plastic, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, US
Cross-Cuts: Seven Los Angeles Artists, Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College, Los Angeles, US
Snapshot: New Art from Los Angeles (cat.), Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, US, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, US
De Beaufort, Exposito, van Genderen, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, US
Painting beyond Painting, Christine Rose Gallery, New York, US
Trimmings and Scraps, Gavlak Projects, Silverlake, US
Trans Inter Post: Hybrid Spaces, curated by Pamela Bailey, UC Irvine, Irvine, US
Loves Labor‘s Lost, curated by Sue Spaid, collaboration with John Souza
Private and public pleasures (cat.), curated by Lauren Lesko, Los Angeles, US
School of Beauty (cat.), Los Angeles, US
Shaw, Michael and Jody Zellen. “ArtScene: Olga Koumoundourous and Monique Van Genderen at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects,” April
Frederick, Jeff. “Exhibition Reviews: Monique Van Genderen”, Art In America, January
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Pagel, David. “Panache and purpose collide”, The Los Angeles Times, August 25
“Kristin Calabrese, Monique vanGenderen and Mindy Shapero”, The Huffington Post, August 23
Pagel, David. “Los Angeles Museum of Ceramic Art at ACME”, Los Angeles Times, January 13
Kilston, Lyra. “Los Angeles Museum of Ceramic Art“, Artforum, January 20
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Jet Set Saturdays: Keramik at the Pacific Design Center, online
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Press text 'The Gentle Art of Making Enemies' (2011)
Galerie Michael Janssen is pleased to announce its second solo exhibition by L.A.-based artist Monique van Genderen.
Entitled The Gentle Art of Making Enemies the exhibition alludes to the book of the same name by James Abbot McNeill Whistler. First published in 1892 it is an account of personal revenges between Whistler and the art critic John Ruskin who criticized Whistler‘s painting Nocturne in Black and Gold, exhibited in the Grosvenor Gallery in London in 1877, as „unfinished“ and as „a pot of paint flung in the public‘s eye“. Whistler was incensed with the criticism and initiated a libel case against Ruskin. While the text is a narrative about the development of abstract painting, it also explores the relationship between artist and viewer and their expectations and desires for imparting unfixed ideas.
In her work van Genderen explores elements of narrative, illusion and figuration within abstraction by allowing the surface and material to narrate the picture plane rather than a subject. If her paintings recall Matisse, Emerson Woelffer and Helen Frankenthaler‘s Color Field paintings then she is attracted to combining those elements with concerns of today’s painting.
The paintings on view in the first part of the exhibition all have exactly the same dimension: 6 feet high and 4 feet wide (approx. 183 X 122 cm); a rather unusual dimension for paintings that appeals to the spectator‘s body as well as the eye and that heightens the physiological experience of viewing. Unlike her previous works, the paintings in this exhibition are made on canvas rather than on smooth wood panels. Without relying as much on the alchemy of paint pooling to form loosely controlled shapes they now explore the role of improvisation through compositional cropping. As with the earlier works color continues to be a factor that attempts to attract and repel at the same time.
Also on view is a series of smaller clay paintings in which van Genderen uses fired clay and glaze to make lyrical abstractions. Van Genderen’s work has always presented materials in the form of a narrative; vinyl stood in for paint, enamel for watercolor, and now clay for canvas. Throughout all the works there is a mixture of materials varying between the organic (raw pigments) and the industrial (shiny enamels). The surface of the clay paintings on view has an imprint of canvas, which makes one think they were made on canvas. They allude to her installation works in which the stretcher bar and frame are deconstructed. In them playfulness and the promiscuous intermingling of art and craft, silliness and seriousness, design and décor predominates making them an interaction of painting and sculpture.
Press text 'Dirty Water' (2008)
The Michael Janssen Gallery Berlin is proud to present the solo exhibition Dirty Water by Monique van Genderen. Large-scale paintings in high-gloss enamel paint on wood and expansive vinyl wall collages by the artist will be on view between 15th March and 19th April 2008, in addition to watercolours and gouaches, bound together in portfolios and fitted into specially designed seating-sculptures.
”I want to change my work drastically, practically by the minute. And I want people looking at the paintings to keep up this pace with me. I never want to rely on the things that worked once, like a formula…”. Monique van Genderen belongs to a new generation of abstract painters but sees herself in the tradition of artists like Hans Hartung, Hans Hofmann and Felix Gonzalez-Torres. The artist, who lives in Los Angeles, fuses 1950s abstraction with contemporary questions on place and context.
Van Genderen uses adhesive vinyl film to create collages illustrating her visionary world directly on the wall. She developed this technique as a result of experience gained during her time as a sign maker in the field of exterior advertising in L.A. The artist has also transferred this technique to her painting, placing round and angular shapes on the canvas, which take the form of coloured or monochromatic signs, subsequently scoring lines through the vinyl with a knife as a subjective artistic gesture. These tangled lines revolve and snake their way between the surfaces. Van Genderen applies a mixed selection of nuanced oil shades to her canvas-covered wooden backgrounds. Her dark glazed works form a stark contrast to the colourful shapes and lines, which float blithely here and there over the painted surface. She dilutes the varnish and applies it generously, like a watercolour, using paintbrushes, brushes and rollers. The glaze shimmers in layers, and matt and glossy varnish reflects the surrounding space in a fascinating play of light, lustre and depth, transforming the paintings into light sculptures.
Monique van Genderen creates a type of abstraction via her visionary language, with which she wishes to reveal “how we think and make connections. Not how we actually see the world”. If the observer follows the connecting threads which emanate from the exhibitions’ multi-faceted works, they will, inexorably, be initiated into the “non-linear and non-objective narrative” of the artist’s experience.
Text by Irmgard Berner