Lester Monzon – Paintings

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A selection of reecent paintings from Lester Monzon via Mark Moore Gallery.

Since the war between “fine art” and “design” has been waged – a distinction increasingly diminishing in the advent of accessible technology – context has historically been the dividing faction between the two practices, and Lester Monzon is its analog commentator. Colorful gesticulations conceal sections of rigid patterning, a tete-a-tete between abstract expressionism and hard-edge abstraction that implies a gentle lampooning of the taxonomic tradition. Monzon upends the formalism and segregation innate to the fine art world, and fabricates a composite genealogy of painting – a pithy resolution to an otherwise vapid debate. Monzon’s luscious brushstrokes slyly creep into a Hirst-esque field of dots or Noland-like plane of stripes, like the resurrection of a once-declared dead practice through a satirical hand. In his recent work, Monzon applies this critique of contextual art to mark-making in public spaces; be it graffiti on tiles in a public bathroom, stains on the sidewalk, or the popularized notion of “street art.”

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