The ‘Billboard for Edinburgh’ project ran from 2008 - 2016, when the Gallery was situated in its Calton Road premises and transformed a defunct billboard on the end wall of the building. The Billboard installation would change every three months and from each a limited edition print would be published. The list of contributors includes Turner Prize nominees and winners and artists with world renowned reputations alongside emerging talents.
Jonathan Monk’s work frequently references avant-garde art of the 1960s and 70s. Monk’s text-based billboard installation pays homage to conceptual artist Keith Arnatt who passed away in 2008 at the age of 72.
The billboard is based on one of Arnatt’s seminal texts from the early 1970s. It is both a clever transformation of the artist’s original text and a poignant tribute to this influential but often overlooked figure in 20th century art.
Publisher: Ingleby Gallery
About Jonathan Monk
Jonathan Monk playfully skewers seminal works and ideas from modern, Conceptual, and Minimalist art predecessors like Mark Rothko, Bruce Nauman, and Sol LeWitt. In Deflated Sculpture (2009), he remade Jeff Koons's 1986 Rabbit as a series of five stainless steel sculptures in progressive states of deflation, quoting Koons's original source (an inflatable toy bunny). In the “Rew-Shay Hood Project” (2008-2011), Monk commissioned a hot-rod painter to airbrush photographs from Ed Ruscha's 1967 Twentysix Gasoline Stations on to the hoods of classic muscle cars.
British, b. 1969, Leicester, United Kingdom, based in Berlin, Germany