At first glance, the undulating art of Oakland-based artist Brendan Monroe looks like it might have been torn from the pages of a physics textbook. And you may be halfway right, as Monroe says that his interpretation of the world is rooted in science then executed through painting and sculpture.
But look closer and you will see that all of those oscillating waves and loopy movements are making less-than-subtle comments about the fast-paced, constantly moving nature of our modern world, and how humans can often seem like faceless, nameless blobs awash in the movement. Indeed, Monroe’s work is all about the perpetual movement, the endless march of time, and the flow of energy that propels everything.
Monroe is as adept at sculpture as he is painting, and his sculpted pieces also reflect the loopy, curving movement of his paintings. Interestingly, Monroe is married to Evah Fan, a Bay Area-based artist I featured last April. Click on the link to see some of her art, and check out Brendan Monroe’s fascinating work after the jump.