Jaybo Monk


Solo Exhibition

July 7 - 28, 2018

Mirus Gallery is pleased to present Mirus Denver’s first solo exhibition at our new Denver location, "ANALOGOUS" by Jaybo Monk. The exhibition opens Saturday July 7th, 7-10pm and runs through July 28th, 2018. VIP and Press Reception is open Saturday July 7th, 5:30-7pm. The Exhibition is free and open to the public. The Artist will be present and holding a talk about his art and his exhibition during the VIP/Press Opening.

About the Exhibition:
Gilles Deleuze

Jaybo Monk- philosopher, anti-philosopher, artist, poet, human, and anti-artist started to construct the idea for his latest solo exhibition “Analagous” by first deconstructing himself as an artist. By taking away those things that allowed him to create, he was able to birth new ideas and obstacles in a search to find authenticity. This painful process of deconstruction allowed Jaybo Monk to contemplate life without art and art within life and nature. By stripping back, the layers of the past decades of his work he was able to analyze patterns of abstraction and similarities that had presented themselves to his paintings and sculptures. This process of deconstruction is documented in the new body of work. What normally might be a fluid and cohesive flow of paintings that fit together as one, is replaced with a juxtaposition of work that travels throughout the artist’s career.

Jaybo Monks “Analagous” starts in a nonlinear fashion, by working without the notion of time or progression as an anchoring mechanism. Instead of seeing the artist create artwork individually, we see the artist creating works in groupings or assembled as a singular object. Ideas and mediums are collaged together then removed out of context, then possibly reintroduced in another work that it wasn’t intentionally made together with. The artist is utilizing sculpture, painting, photographer, drawing, and installation together to construct a larger narrative than just a painting. If Jaybo Monk is to have a signature style or aesthetic some might say it is his ability to create beauty and poetry with asymmetry and abstraction. His ability to render figurative and representational images fluidly with abstract and imperfect forms has been one of the artists most recognized gifts. So, it is impressive to watch the artist take this deconstruction and reconstruction process to a new level of intricacy. “Analagous is the synthesis of the artists spirit in all mediums available to the artist. Paintings are used more like brushes and brushes could become a concrete object of art instead of just an instrument. By turning the instrument and work of art on its head the artist is able to detach historical context and symbolism from these tools. What we are left with is an introspective solo exhibition where the artist is contemplating not only art, Christianity, art history, religion, nature, poetry, and humanity; but he is also contemplating himself, his process and a future version of art.

Text by Poesia

About the Artist:

‘I have never started, neither stopped to be an artist’ Text By Maic Oudejans

He ran away from his home in France at age fourteen, was homeless for five years and has lived in Africa and Sweden before settling down in Berlin in the eighties. His teenage decisions have caused him to live a raw but honest life, which shaped his perception and view on the world. He’s an artist by accident and you could call him a philosopher too. His name is Jaybo Monk: An internationally renowned artist, praised for his surreal paintings and innovative use of everyday objects. We interviewed him about his life, his views on the world and his art.

Jaybo Monk is a man with a distinct vision on the world and life. His ideas about symmetry as a cause of inequality are a great example of this. But before he became the man he is now, he learns life the hard way. Art was and still is his escape and the red thread running through it all. His first encounter with art is when his grandfather takes him to the prehistoric cave drawings in Lascaux, France: “The pictures painted on the cavern walls are still burned in my mind. I guess I later started to draw because of it, but that‘s a speculation. “Although it awakens something inside the young French man, there isn’t one particular moment he knows he wants to be an artist. In fact, he still doesn’t consider himself an artist: “I never started neither stopped to be an artist. Drawing in my childhood was a form of freedom from the farm work. I could meditate through it, which meant I could stop my thinking process with it. Francis Bacon once said that you are not born an artist but through different circumstances you‘ll become one. What makes you an artist is the stamina to observe and question your world. Art is a spark moment which comes and goes and so is the artist. “, Jaybo explains.

Things take a sharp turn at age fourteen. The young Frenchman makes a rigorous decision to ‘quit his family’ and becomes a ‘runaway’ kid: “A runaway is a minor or a person under an arbitrary age, who has left their parents or legal guardian without permission. It is an art of rebellion mixed with pride and a stubborn attitude “, Jaybo says. The reasons for why he leaves his family are personal to him, but he does say it ignited his creativity: “Creativity never comes from comfort, but always as an emergency. Only in that kind of background you‘ll find creativity. Other people are just reproducers of idea‘s that have been made prior. By running away, I have managed to find genuine answers, far from the things establishment tells you to do.”

‘Creativity never comes from comfort, it comes from emergency’

About the Artist:

‘I have never started, neither stopped to be an artist’ Text By Maic Oudejans

He ran away from his home in France at age fourteen, was homeless for five years and has lived in Africa and Sweden before settling down in Berlin in the eighties. His teenage decisions have caused him to live a raw but honest life, which shaped his perception and view on the world. He’s an artist by accident and you could call him a philosopher too. His name is Jaybo Monk: An internationally renowned artist, praised for his surreal paintings and innovative use of everyday objects. We interviewed him about his life, his views on the world and his art.

Jaybo Monk is a man with a distinct vision on the world and life. His ideas about symmetry as a cause of inequality are a great example of this. But before he became the man he is now, he learns life the hard way. Art was and still is his escape and the red thread running through it all. His first encounter with art is when his grandfather takes him to the prehistoric cave drawings in Lascaux, France: “The pictures painted on the cavern walls are still burned in my mind. I guess I later started to draw because of it, but that‘s a speculation. “Although it awakens something inside the young French man, there isn’t one particular moment he knows he wants to be an artist. In fact, he still doesn’t consider himself an artist: “I never started neither stopped to be an artist. Drawing in my childhood was a form of freedom from the farm work. I could meditate through it, which meant I could stop my thinking process with it. Francis Bacon once said that you are not born an artist but through different circumstances you‘ll become one. What makes you an artist is the stamina to observe and question your world. Art is a spark moment which comes and goes and so is the artist. “, Jaybo explains.

Things take a sharp turn at age fourteen. The young Frenchman makes a rigorous decision to ‘quit his family’ and becomes a ‘runaway’ kid: “A runaway is a minor or a person under an arbitrary age, who has left their parents or legal guardian without permission. It is an art of rebellion mixed with pride and a stubborn attitude “, Jaybo says. The reasons for why he leaves his family are personal to him, but he does say it ignited his creativity: “Creativity never comes from comfort, but always as an emergency. Only in that kind of background you‘ll find creativity. Other people are just reproducers of idea‘s that have been made prior. By running away, I have managed to find genuine answers, far from the things establishment tells you to do.”

‘Creativity never comes from comfort, it comes from emergency’