A friend of mine was fortunate enough to be able to attend the opening of Jaybo Monk’s show last night entitled “SILENT LISTEN” at SOZE Gallery. He sent me pics and I wasn’t surprised at all at how amazing the show turned out to be. Even with just pixilated iphone pics, one can easily tell that the show is a collection of very powerful works. Beautifully rendered human body parts against backgrounds of monochromatic power lines, rust, concrete and urban textures accented by bright solid colors grab your imagination and throws it around in an ambiguously exciting dance of aesthetic appreciation. Perhaps this is Jaybo’s rhythm from his hiphop years manifesting in his latest series of works. The dripping paint is very much reminiscent of hastily done graffiti… also a big part of Jaybo’s past. Other works come in calm, nicely composed shells that explode in your consciousness once you start associating with the images it contains.
“…as I mention my appreciation for the artworks to the gallery owner last night, I told her that we owe her a lot for bringing an artist like Jaybo Monk to America. He is an artist that we look-up to during our university days, and now he’s here. Thank you Soze Gallery!” — Mark C
I can go on and on about how great Jaybo’s works are. But really, if you get the chance to drop by the show, just see it in person. I’m looking at them on a failing computer monitor and the artworks still have such a strong effect on me. Imagine being inches from the artworks… being within its perimeter is awesome. I truly envy all of you who would get the chance to see this show upclose.
Read his full interview here — THIS IS JAYBO MONK.
by Crist Espiritu
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