This freestanding painted sculpture is composed of blue sheets of paper folded in various ways and mounted on paperboard. Here Snow has given the two-dimensional, monochromatic paintings on paper a three-dimensional, sculptural shape. The pieces of paper extend beyond the edges of the paperboard, disrupting the borders of the two-dimensional support. Blue Monk is named after a composition in American jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk’s 1954 album Thelonious Monk Trio. The work thus pays homage to a pioneering jazz musician and expresses the artist’s enthusiasm for an experimental and improvisational style.
Early Snow: Michael Snow 1947-1962
Michael Snow, Blue Monk, 1960
Opaque matte paint on folded paper with wood support, 51.5 x 15 x 39 cm, Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Gift of Michael Snow, Toronto, 2001 (2001/198). © Michael Snow, Photo © Art Gallery of Ontario.