New Art Exhibition Opens At City’s Monya Rowe Gallery


The Monya Rowe Gallery is a contemporary art gallery in New York City and they have launched their latest two-person exhibition of paintings here for the holiday season, featuring Justin Liam O’Biren and Celeste Rapone. The exhibition officially opened on November 29 and is available until January 5, 2019.

The exhibition titled Rose-Tinted, is inspired by Jean Baudrillard’s (1929 – 2007) Simulations; Specifically, the section Rose-Coloured Resurrection, which considers concepts about artifice, surface and the notion of trying. It is also a color signifier for blushing, embarrassment, stimulation or anger.

Justin Liam O’Brien, lives and works in Brooklyn and received a BFA from Pratt Institute. He was recently awarded residences at Trestle Art Space in Brooklyn and Con Artist Collective.

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Justin Liam O’Brien’s paintings of nameless unspecified male nude figures are fulfilled with sexuality and alienation. He has drawn inspiration from phone apps such as Tinder and the protagonists are depicted awkwardly embracing, engaging in sexual acts and taking pictures of each other. Justin studies the psychological oversimplified social-sexual environment individuals currently inhabit. His paintings explore the immediacy and emotional distance of this current digital landscape, but also the tenderness and feeling.

Celeste Rapone, lives and works in Chicago and was a 2018 recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Celeste received a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her work has recently been exhibited in a two-person show at Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago.

Like O’Brien, Celeste Rapone, challenges the boundaries between abstraction and figuration within a psychological space that suggests discomfort and absurdity, with her paintings. Rapone depicts figures engaging in a newfound amateur endeavor, ranging from sports to mundane tasks. Familiarity with these activities is learned though painting, thereby acting as both self-portrait and a metaphor for painting itself. 

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All images courtesy of the Monya Rowe Gallery, New York.

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