Visibly Evident
Graham Monaghan-Revell

On the Way to the Observatory, 2011

Graham Monaghan-Revell works across a wide range of media and materials (photography, video, sculptural installation employing fabricated and appropriated items, etc.) and his work has developed within the context of site-specific, object-based installation.

Working between subject and object, Monaghan-Revell attempts to make an experiential space that erases difference between the photographically staged and the documentary of the ‘real’ in photographic terms; poetry and fallacy, and sheer dumb insolence, within various media.

From the performance of taking a photograph, and the in-between of nothing or something, to addressing the physical space of the gallery, there exists a poetic sub-narrative opening-out for the viewer, acting as a conduit for a construction of meaning.

The work, existing in spite of itself, contains what it presents, represents, and what is absent, through a notion of time photographically, and the temporal experience of fact in the real.

Graham Monaghan-Revell studied Fine Art at Falmouth College of Art (now Falmouth University) and Goldsmiths University, London. He has worked in various colleges in the UK and was a senior lecturer in Fine Art and Photography at the University of Northamptonshire. Exhibitions include: ‘Visibly Evident’, Spinach, London (2011); ‘Visibly Evident’, OPEN Ealing Arts Centre, London (2011).‘Radio Radio’, Trade Apartments, London, Geneva and Berlin (2005); ‘Site Seeing’, Hothouse, London (2003); ‘Iron Weighting’, Angela Flowers Gallery, London (1998); co-curator of ‘Tracer’, The Tannery, London (1996); ‘Whitechapel Open’, Whitechapel Gallery, London (1992, 1993), Whitechapel Artists Award; ‘Barrier’, Galerie Harde Koppen, Amsterdam (1987); ‘Space’, Air Gallery, London (1985).

As a musician, Monaghan-Revell’s latest project has been with the art band Die Kunst, recording an album at Kurt Schwitters’ house in the Lake District, Cumbria, England, entitled Merz (2015). Monaghan-Revell was part of the seminal experimental Manchester-based punk band Ludus, also The Ken Ardley Playboys, performing widely in the UK, Europe and America, including the Exhibition Road Music Day at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2005); ‘Air Guitar’, at Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester (2003); ‘My Eye Hurts’, at The Green Room, Manchester (1999); ‘Bank TV’, also at Bank (1996); ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’, at Bank, London (1995); ’Karoake’ at South London Art Gallery (1995).