Matthew Monahan, ‘Recliner #1’, 2015, Public Art Fund Benefit Auction 2015

Estimated value: $75,000

The sculpture of Matthew Monahan is often described as a kind of predictive archaeology: remnants of our time that will be discovered by future historians. Given that perspective, Monahan’s work prompts notions of self-reflection and evaluation.

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Anton Kern Gallery

About Matthew Monahan

Throughout his career, the Los Angeles-based sculptor Matthew Monahan has stimulated vibrant critical discussion. His forms—variously carved, cast, or built-up from materials that range from wax and paper to bronze—suggest archaeological finds, decrepit remnants of civilizations past or future that may be regarded as lamentations or admonitions. Monahan’s works have an air of quietness and distance that is intentional—they are meant to encourage contemplation. As the artist has written of his sculptures: “They are remote and incomplete and need a careful observer in order to survive.”

American, b. 1972, Eureka, United States, based in Los Angeles, California