Monday, May 1, 2023

Jonathan Monk, Sailing into San Francisco three sailors & one tattoo, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, 2000, ed. 1000

A curious accordion by this Brit artist now based in Berlin. I'm assuming that this publication was connected to an exhibition at the then San Francisco-based Jack Hanley gallery, although the publication does not indicate this. Either way the images all seem to be the typical touristic images of San Francisco and i'm sort of assuming that they are found photos, and that the reference to "one tattoo" is related to the last photo in the accordion of 3 sailors with sticks between their legs as if they are riding horses, and one of the sailors has a tattoo on his forearm (also featured on the cover of this accordion). The work seems like a typical work of this conceptual artist, but without the sly wit and humor of others I have seen. Check out the other three of Monk's accordions posted on this blog and make up your own mind!

16 single-sided pages, individual 3.75" x 5.5", and unfolded 7ft 4inches.

the three sailors & one tattoo

back cover

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