MAY 9 – JUNE 8, 2013
Monte Clark Gallery is pleased to present Modern Times, an exhibition of recent works by Roy Arden. An ensemble of paintings, video and assemblage, the works all reference the material aspects of modernity. Arden uses found objects and images as his starting point for depictions of the arrival of steam power and the internal combustion engine, plumbing, and a multitude of new conveyances: trains, cars, planes, motorised ships, and more.
Together these works echo the cataclysmic changes of early modernity and the traumas they induced, traumas that we are still working to understand in life and art.
Roy Arden’s work can be found in numerous public collections in North America and Europe, including The National Gallery of Canada, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Centre Pompidou, Paris, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart. He has exhibited in dozens of international exhibitions from New York to Sharjah, and Berlin to Sydney. In 2007 the Vancouver Art Gallery mounted a survey show of his work covering the period 1981-2007. In 2013, Arden will exhibit in Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950 at the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington D.C.