Discover Monotypes by Sanya Kantarovsky

28 April - 11 June 2022
  • What is a Monotype?

    Ph: Marina Ancona | 10 Grand Press, New York

    What is a Monotype?

    A unique print made by applying ink or paint to a flat sheet of metal, glass or plastic. This specific technique, already used in the 17th century, evokes a very painterly effect. The image is transferred to paper by using a press. There are two different methods to apply the medium: the additive and the subtractive. In the additive, or “light-field” technique, paint is applied directly to the plate, often with a brush. In the subtractive, or “dark-field” technique, the plate is covered with a layer of paint, and the image is formed by manipulating and removing the medium using a variety of tools, including brushes, rags, or the artist’s fingers. A typical effect that can appear are the “ghosts” – called so due to their relative faintness. They are impressions that show through on the print and are made from the residual mediums on the plate.

  • Monotypes are an integral part of Sanya Kantarovskys artistic practice. The prints currently on view at the gallery in the artist’s solo exhibition Center were created with Kantarovsky‘s long-time print-making collaborator Marina Ancona at 10 Grand Press. They lay bare the process of conjuring images through the re-working of “ghosts” – building on the residue of previously painted images on the plate. Functioning as both preliminary ideas and reflections on Kantarovsky‘s paintings, the prints offer a different register of seeing, hinging on the indexical slippage between paper and acrylic glass.

  • Sanya Kantarovsky Liver with Funghi on a Gray Background, 2022 Monotype Signed verso, on frame Paper dimensions: 53.4 x 43...
    Sanya Kantarovsky
    Liver with Funghi on a Gray Background, 2022
     
    Monotype
    Signed verso, on frame
    Paper dimensions:
    53.4 x 43 cm / 21 x 16.9 inches
    Framed dimensions:
    56.4 x 45.7 cm / 22.2 x 18 inches
  • Sanya Kantarovsky Balda, 2022 ...And he came on Balda, who was there, Who was going he knew not where, And...
    Sanya Kantarovsky

    Balda, 2022

     

     

    ...And he came on Balda, who was there,
    Who was going he knew not where,
    And who said, "Why so early abroad, old sire?
    And what dost require?"
    He replied, "For a workman I look,
    To be stableman, carpenter,
    cook..."

    From The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda by Alexander Pushkin
  • Sanya Kantarovsky (born 1982 in Moscow, lives and works in New York) has recently had institutional solo shows at Kunsthalle Basel and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin. His works have been included in group shows such as 100 Drawings from Now, Drawing Center, New York; Radical Figures, Whitechapel Gallery, London; Baltic Triennial 13, Vilnius; The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin, Jewish Museum, New York; The Eccentrics, Sculpture Center, New York. Kantarovsky’s works are held in many collections around the world including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; ICA Miami; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Pinault Collection, Paris; Tate Modern, London and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.