Pace presents West of Nowhere, an exhibition of new works by William Monk. The gallery held an opening art party on September 9, 2023. The solo exhibition will remain on view through October 21, 2023.

Pace William Monk

William Monk, Untitled, 2022, oil on canvas, 45 cm × 70 cm (17-11/16″ × 27-9/16″) © William Monk

Pace William Monk

West of Nowhere will mark the artist’s first solo show in LA since 2015. Monk’s recently released catalogue—produced by Pace Publishing on the occasion of his 2022 exhibition The Ferryman at the gallery’s New York space—will be available to view and purchase on-site at Pace in LA.

Monk is known for creating atmospheric, vibrant compositions that showcase mysterious and otherworldly forms. The artist deeply engages with the rich tradition and history of the medium through his semi-abstract paintings. He frequently creates works as part of different series, drawing on various sources of inspiration connected to his own experience.

West of Nowhere

The exhibition focuses holistically on notions of transience and liminality, and spotlights two new bodies of work by the artist. They include: large-scale landscapes that relate to the paintings he presented at Pace’s New York gallery last year and small-scale paintings based on Rorschach inkblot tests. Both these series are underpinned by questions of subjectivity and perception, particularly as they relate to ascriptions of meaning.

William Monk Paintings

Like his other bodies of work, Monk’s new paintings evade easy categorization as well as interpretation. The artist has said, “Only after the work is complete do I become aware of specific past experiences that helped to inform it— perhaps in the same way that a dream picks up on certain conscious moments and twists them.”

On view: September 9, 2023 – October 21, 2023

What: West of Nowhere, William Monk
Where: Pace Gallery, 1201 South La Brea Avenue, LA,
Where: Running through October 21, 2023

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