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works by Monica Nouwens

Sep 12 - Oct 9, 2009
Opening Reception Sat, Sep 12th, 8pm-12am

Monica Nouwens was born in the Netherlands. She completed a postgraduate fellowship in Art Media   Studies at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and ultimately attended the California Institute of the Arts exchange program for film and photography where she acquired a fascination with California’s urban landscapes. Her photos and videos portray intimate portraits of individuals in a synthetic landscape of decadence and decay.

Nouwens one-person show Rubbernecking was exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam. Her exibitions include works at the Netherlands Architecture Institute, Stedelijk Museum Helmond, on Trafalgar Square for World Aids Day and with her mentor Marlene Dumas at Gallery Paul Andriesse in Amsterdam.                                          

Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and Theory described her as ‘someone who performs natural and underground as a method actor; Nouwens shifts easily in-between different roles, between different identities and interiors like a nomad claiming no space at all; the artist as a ‘non-state’ actor.’

A long and extensive print photography career plays an important part in the viewer’s experience of her work. In addition to collaborating with Volume and Icon her shots appear in Re-Magazine Blueprint, Archis, Surface and many others. Nouwens has contracted directly with clients such as Levi's, Salvatore Ferragamo, Prada, Morphosis, Imaginary Forces and the Department of Cultural Affairs Los Angeles.

Nouwens currently collaborates with LA author Claire Phillips. Their project, to be published in 2010 by NAi/D.A.P. Publishers and presented in the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, is a story, partly laid out by Nouwens images of Bohemian LA completed by Phillips sci-fi novel ‘The Story of Dora’.

Nouwens is a lecturer at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and the University of California, Irvine. She has lectured at University of Southern California (USC), the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and the University of Monterrey (UDEM) Mexico. Nouwens is the recipient of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Award.