Monique Prieto

Cheim & Read

WALKING BOTH FORWARDS AND BACKWARDS. This phrase, which appears in one of eight new canvases exhibited recently by Los Angeles–based painter Monique Prieto at Cheim & Read, neatly encapsulates the artist’s current project. A long-time inhabitant of the interzone between allusion and depiction, Prieto has lately begun using words in an attempt to further her experimental dialogue between past, present, and future modes of address. In making the work for which she has become known over the past ten years, Prieto has often used a computer as a preparatory tool to generate idiosyncratic compositions that oscillate between latter-day biomorphism and a more self-contained, purely abstract vision. Now, in order to keep things fresh, she has turned to seventeenth-century diarist Samuel Pepys (1633–1703) for inspiration.

WITH THE GREATEST LIBERTY AND LOVE. Pepys’s words, rendered by Prieto in

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