Dean Monogenis

Besides their practical usage, I had never regarded buildings or architecture as more than symbols or monuments to someone else's memory or beliefs. This changed after witnessing the fall of the world trade center. Subsequent to that day, I began to see buildings organically in terms of birth and death. Interestingly the post 9/11 period was the beginning of a world wide building boom. At the time I lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where the breadth and pace of this development felt like an invasion. Buildings grew nearly over night like mushrooms or mold before my very eyes. I found it simultaneously engaging and frightening. The instinctual necessity to develop every last inch of real estate was palpable. Buildings that sprouted up would often supplant or sit next to an older building with little regard for continuity or urban planning. There was a strong sense that these decisions were made out of expedience and practical necessity with little oversight. After overcoming my initial shock, I began to distance myself and consider the situation aesthetically. I interpreted the randomness as more akin to the shantytowns in Jamaica or the Favelas in Rio. I took notice of the simplicity and planer forms of the skeletal structures as they ascended upward. Brightly colored building materials like netting and scaffolding, became interesting to me. I thought if there was a way to distill the temporary and all its ephemera, isolating key pieces into my work, then I would be able to elevate the visual indicators that speak to this period of transformation.

The concept of transformation -- in theory and practice -- has a firm place in my painting. Though my work looks highly rendered, I employ an active process of editing. Normally, I paint on wood or plastic panels employing customized stencils. Utilizing the dialogue established between different painting techniques, these stencil-applied graphic elements are integrated with areas that I paint freehand. Line, edge, and texture are very important to me as well. To accentuate these formal concerns I often paint things like the sky last, which creates a shallow, imbedded quality to the painted imagery underneath. The effect works to maximize the visual tension on the painted surface, challenging the logic of what naturally should be in front and behind. As the picture develops there inevitably comes a point for revision, that I achieve by sanding and reworking areas to bring them back to a zero state. This ability to erase allows me to maintain precision without forfeiting spontaneity and improvisation.

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Dean Monogenis

1993- 96:
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA
Skidmore College

Solo Exhibitions
Walter Maciel Gallery Los Angeles, CA
VOLTA NY w/ Walter Maciel Gallery: New York, NY
Xippas Gallery: Athens, Greece

Morgan Lehman Gallery: New York, NY

Collette Blanchard Gallery: New York, NY
Walter Maciel Gallery: Los Angeles, CA

Choate Gallery, Pace University: Pleasantville, NY

Stux Gallery: New York, NY
Walter Maciel Gallery: Los Angeles, CA

Stux Gallery: New York, NY

Riva Gallery: New York, NY

American- European Art Associates, Inc: New York, NY
Farrell Pollock Fine Arts/ Bingo Hall: Brooklyn, NY

Farrell Pollock Fine Arts/ Bingo Hall: Brooklyn, NY

Group Exhibitions
Wild Things- Curator: Tim Christian, Angels Gate Cultural Center: San Pedro, CA
Surface Pattern- Circuit 12 Contemporary: Dallas, TX
Alternate Landscapes- Curator: Artsource Consulting, 101 California Street Lobby: San Francisco, CA

Size Matters, Walter Maciel Gallery: Los Angeles, CA
Acquisitions 2009- 2011- Curator: Stephen B. Phillips, Federal Reserve Board: Washington, DC
Deconstructing Nature - Curator: Jonathan Greene, Hunterdon Art Museum: Clinton, NJ

Lost Horizon - Curator: David Gibson, ARTJAIL: New York, NY
A Separate Peace - Curators: Anna Ort and Shane McAdams, McNeil Art Group Project Space: New York, NY
Future Tense: Landscape in Transition - Curator: Dede Young, Stephan Stoyanov: Gallery:New York, NY
Skeptical Landscapes - Curator: Trevor Richardson, Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts:Amherst, MA
Inspiration Unlimited - Walter Maciel Gallery, Pacific Design Center: Los Angeles, CA

Pollitical Draw - Walter Maciel Gallery: Los Angeles, CA

Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape - Curator: Dede Young, Neuberger Museum of Art: Purchase, NY
Lost Horizon - Curator: David Gibson/ Trevor Richardson, Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts: Amherst, MA

Landscape Perspectives - Curator: Veronica Fernandez, Art + Industry: Palm Springs, CA
Benefit Auction for the Grennpoint YMCA - Curators: Elizabeth Grady + Chistian Viveros Faune, Supreme Trading: Brooklyn, NY
Six Degrees of Separation 2: The Inner Workings of Cold Contact - Curator: Joshua Altman Stux Gallery: New York, NY
Cityscape - Walter Maciel Gallery: Los Angeles, CA
Deluge - Bucheon Gallery: San Francisco, CA
Native Spirit - Supreme Trading: Brooklyn, NY
Real Art Today: A Salon Celebration - 92nd Street Y, Makor-Steinhardt Center:New York, NY

Postcards From the Edge - Robert Miller Gallery: New York, NY
Beautiful Dreamer -Spaces Gallery: Cleveland, OH
Everland - Annina Nosei Gallery: New York, NY
Culture Vulture - Jack the Pelican Presents: Brooklyn, NY
Grand Tour - Gallery MC, Macedonian Cultural Society: New York, NY

Faces and Figures - Elga Wimmer Gallery: New York, NY
Drawing - 473 Broadway, NY Arts Magazine Gallery : New York, NY
Stream - Rare Gallery: New York, NY
Emerging Artists - Merrill Lynch Financial Center: New York, NY

Cool Places - Priska C. Juschka Fine Art: Brooklyn, NY

Antonio Battaglia - Arte Contemporanea: Milan, Italy

Gala Benefit for the Brooklyn Museum of Art: Brooklyn, NY
Watch Me Now - American- European Art Associates, Inc: New York, NY

Residencies and Awards
CCA Andratx, Artist in Residence: Mallorca, Spain

Anderson Ranch Editions: Snowmass Village, Co
The Fountainhead Residency: Miami, FL

Dyson Artist in Residence - Pace University, Pleasantville, NY


Chris Vroom, Huffingtonpost, 10 Art Fairs, 300+ Exhibitions? Here Are 15 Must-See Installations On View This Week, March 3, 2012
Trong Gia Nguyen, ARTslant, Special Edition: Armory Week #1
Fivi Paraskeva, BIG FISH (supplement to the weekly newspaper PROTO THEMA) Dean Monogenis- Building the City, Pg. 14, April 1, 2012
Rania Georgiadou, VOGUE, Two Worlds, March 2012
Athens Magazine, Dean Monogenis Builds the Works as if They Were Buildings, March 2012
Kikia Kyriakakou, Metropolis, Exhibitions/ Events, March 30, 2012
Herald Tribune (English edition of Kathimerini) What's on, March 27, 2012
Iro Pogoi, To Vima (online edition of the daily newspaper) The "Alive" Buildings of an American Artist in Athens, March 21, 2012,
GLAMOUR, Where will we go This Month? March, 2012
Ta Nea, Agenda, February 25, 2012
Herald Tribune (English edition of Kathimerini) What's on, February 16, 2012
Juxtapoz,February 13, 2012,
Herald Tribune (English edition of Kathimerini) What's on, February 10, 2012
Kathimerini, Agenda, February 9, 2012
Athinorama (Athens weekly city guide), February 9, 2012
Ethnos (Athens daily newspaper), Agenda, February 9, 2012
Marios Kallos, Down Town (Athens weekly city guide), DT Must List, February 9, 2012
Estia (Athens daily Newspaper), The Life of the City, February 9, 2012
iGNANT, February 8, 2012,
Ionna Gomouza, Athinorama (Athens weekly city guide), Openings: Critic's Choice February 2, 2012
LIFO, I Love Athens (cultural agenda), February 2, 2012
Jeff Hamada, BOOOOOOOM, February 1, 2012,
Art Knowledge News,
IdN, November, 2011 Issue: v18n5, Pick of the Month pg. 103
BLDGWLF, August 7, 2011,
Jeff Hamada, BOOOOOOOM, June 1, 2011,
BLDGWLF, June 1, 2011,
Sick of the Radio, January 19, 2011,
Sixth Finch, Winter, 2011,
Azita, Beautiful Decay, December 10, 2010,
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Timothy Gaewsky, Can You Dig It Too, July 19, 2010,
Shane McAdams, The Brooklyn Rail, Art Seen, April 2010 Reproduction of “ Eloping on Destiny’s Credentials”
There Were Ten Tigers, Dec 9, 2009 Aqua Winwood 2009 (Miami)
Lili Magazine, Dec 9, 2009 Inspired Art: Aqua Art Fair, Art Basel Miami Beach
Art Info, Nov 20, 2009, Kalup Linzy in New York, by Andrew Russeth
The Georgia Review, Fall 2009, Portfolio of ten images including front and back covers. Essay by Douglas Carlson Pgs. 403-404
Popieces,, May 29, 2009
New American Painting, February/ March 2009 No. 80 Volume 14, issue 1 pgs. 100-103
Lights and Colors, , March 16, 2009
Art Blog, , March 15, 2009
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Mon Blog,, April 11, 2008
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John Haber, Haber’s Art Reviews,, From Wild West to Inner City- Chelsea’s Early Fall 2007
Stephanie J. Young,Vellum Magazine, no.5, 2007 (pgs, 26-29)
NY Arts Magazine, Vol.11 no 11/12, pg 80 (Image and brief statement)
Beautiful Decay, 6/5/06:
Chelsea Diary, Peek Review,
Bezembinder, Photo:
Goings on About Town, The New Yorker, November 21, 2005, (Photo Pg. 20, listing Pg. 27)
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