Art

Jonathan Monk: Restaurant Drawings

Jonathan Monk’s Restaurant Drawings brings together more than 120 drawings on restaurant receipts, produced over the last year. Each receipt holds a hand-rendered artwork and is priced at the cost of the meal.

“The drawings offer a diaristic glimpse inside the daily life of the artist through the logging of his meals,” says Casey Kaplan, the New York gallery where Monk’s exhibition is on through July26, 2019. The well known British artist lives and works in Berlin.

The series began in 2015 when Monk and his family relocated temporarily from Berlin to Rome. As the family ate out, making themselves familiar with the new city, Monk began to collect the bills received from the restaurant meals. Once home, he would draw directly onto the receipts, a recurring practice that has continued to this day.

Jonathan Monk lives and works in Berlin. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions including KINDL, Berlin (2019); Vox, Montreal, Canada (2017);  Palais de Tokyo, Paris and Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris (2008); and the 50th and 53rd Venice Biennales, Berlin Biennale (2001) and Taipei Biennial (2000).

Exhibition page at Casey Kaplan, here.

Image at top of post – L to R: Restaurant Drawing (Aeb a brilliant idea), 2019; Restaurant Drawing (Kruger I shop), 2018; Restaurant Drawing (Kelly White shape), 2019. Courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York. Photo: Jason Wyche.

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