Staff pick: Joey Monsoon at Lindsay Gallery
The self-taught Columbus painter returns to Duff Lindsay's Short North gallery with a new body of work incorporating the 'attention to time'
“A lot of what I’m trying to do with the bodies is to use them as evidence of a life lived or of a journey or experience. I’m kind of rebuilding a body out of pieces instead of going for perfection. I’m allowing those imperfect pieces to be put together for something stronger than it would have been had it just been a perfect body,” Columbus artist Joey Monsoon told Alive in the fall of 2019, just before a solo show at Lindsay Gallery. “It’s almost like a shack built out of old pieces of wood that had been left outside and kind of weathered. And because the pieces that shack was made out of had already endured the wind and the light and the wet, that shack is going to be so much more stable and strong than one that comes out of the box with fresh wood.”
Monsoon's enthralling paintings exude both strength and vulnerability — something Duff Lindsay noticed more than a dozen years ago when he approached Monsoon about hosting a show at his Short North gallery, which specializes in the work of self-taught artists. Now, Monsoon is back with a new body of work for a solo show at Lindsay Gallery, which kicks off with an opening reception on Sunday, Sept. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m.
"Our attention to time has become more momentous this past year. Time apart, time together, time stretched and time lost. This attention to time has become a part of these paintings. The figures become whole in the layers of occurrence, some transitory, some enduring," Monsoon said in an artist statement to accompany the new exhibition. "As in moments, some marks are not meant to last and some cannot be forgotten."