GOODBYE TO ROMANCE | Dan Monick
April 27–June 9, 2019
Artists Reception | Saturday, April 27, 7–9 PM
These Days is pleased to present Goodbye to Romance, an ongoing photographic narrative by Dan Monick examining the landscapes of Los Angeles that have fascinated the artist since moving to the city in 2001.
Installed like a giant strip of film, Monick’s photographs take the viewer on a sequenced journey through the shadowy, neon-lit nighttime hours of the streets of Los Angeles. As Monick drives through the night, he scans the city for the familiar blue glow of fluorescent light, nocturnal coyotes, Nagel rip-offs in nail salons, bent newspaper boxes, psychic windows, absurd restroom hand dryers –neon lights and fluorescent beams seem to radiate out of the photographs, encapsulating the intention of his narrative. Each photograph is imperfectly wheat pasted onto wooden board and framed in steel, illuminated with light representative of deteriorating billboards. For Monick, these sentiments have always been the foundations of a city that so many people associate with glitz and lust. “A lot of Los Angeles has always felt very left alone,” he describes, “it buzzed incessantly below the fever dreams of its reputation. It’s changed...and change is good, but erasure is not.”
There is a romanticism that comes with photographing this rapidly changing city. The images are homages to not only what seems to be disappearing but also a celebration of perseverance. Every bodega, storefront, donut shop and dry cleaner that Monick has admired anxiously becomes his subject matter. “If I saw something, I used to make a note to return to shoot it at a later date. Now its U-turns and ‘sorry I’m late’ as I am never sure it will be there tomorrow...with every image I feel like I say, ‘Goodbye to Romance.’” It is in this way that Monick’s photographs become a celebration of the esoteric and raw beauty of Los Angeles.
Dan Monick is a photographer, musician, and director who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
His work has been commissioned by and featured in numerous publications and has been exhibited at such galleries and spaces as Fluxco Gallery, Little Bird, Meter Gallery, Subliminal Projects, Space 15twenty, The Ace Hotel, Voilld, and Soo Visual Arts Center amongst others. Gingko Press published his first book Seven Years with Atmosphere and Rhymesayers in December of 2010. His second book, Every Payphone On Sunset Blvd was published in October of 2012 and was part of Ed Ruscha's Books & Co exhibition. Monick also co-founded Cash Machine, an artist-run project space and publisher in Atwater Village. Monick's third monograph Psychic Windows was published by Cash Machine in February of 2016. The photography and neon–based installation Silk Degrees followed in December of 2017.
In keeping with Monick's book making practice, These Days and Cash Machine collaborated to create and co-publish a limited–edition catalog to accompany the exhibition.