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Currents 105: Ian Monroe
April 8–July 31, 2011

London–based artist Ian Monroe creates large–scale collages from everyday materials — vinyl, Formica, linoleum, Perspex, aluminum, foam-core and leather — that seem to recall the design aesthetic of 1970s suburban America. Yet with their Day-Glo colors and fractured modernist geometries, Monroe's cavernous-yet-depopulated spaces also suggest a corporate vernacular of hotel lobbies, conference halls, and airport terminals, while at the same time holding out the promise, never quite fulfilled, of rational, human–scaled Renaissance perspective. Generous support for Currents 105: Ian Monroe is provided by the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Endowment Fund, established to support the exhibition and acquisition of contemporary art at the Saint Louis Art Museum and the teaching principles of contemporary art at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Curated by Tricia Y. Paik, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, Currents 105: Ian Monroe will be on view in Gallery 338 from April 8 through July 31, 2011.

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