Based on recent drawings from his “Resonances” series these rugs were created in response to the architecture of various relational sites of social exchange that make up the urban environment. Skyscrapers and skylines, towers and buildings, zones, paths, and parks, inform and are recast in a series of overlapping, repeating, reformulated geometries, systems of exchange articulated through the reverberation of form. Focusing on architectural relationships, these works were produced in conversation with cities that bear a diverse history of the built form in their articulation of spatial dynamics and representational politics.
As a multi-disciplinary artist working with photography, video, sculpture, drawing, painting, textiles, performance, collaboration, and curatorial initiatives, Monteith encompasses an interdisciplinary approach in all his work. Across these media and throughout his career he’s developed a familiar aesthetic with rigorous conceptual
underpinnings employing processes that include layering, distorting, cropping, rearranging, flattening, and reducing. Taken as a whole, Monteith’s art practice considers new ways of understanding our urban fabric as a constantly evolving lived space, one which continues to shape our collective imagination.
Born in Toronto, Canada, artist/photographer John Monteith graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from Parsons, the New School for Design (2008) and his BFA at The Ontario College of Art and Design University (1997). He has exhibited internationally at the 7th Beijing Biennale, the Tate Modern, London, the Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Taipei, the Schinkel Pavilon, Berlin, X Initiative, New York, the DUMBO Art Center, New York, Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City, and SALTS, Basel. Monteith has held residencies at CAT Cologne, Germany (2011), Kunsthalle Roveredo, Switzerland (2014) as well as I Project Space, Beijing (2018).