A rope circle made of natural-colored hemp, similar to a ship’s rope– both ends invisibly interwoven, 1.88 m in diameter, corresponding to the artist’s exact arm span. The rope, which can be designed in any shape, comes in two packages: one wrapped in the original bag from the ropemakers, and the other glued, sealed and protected in a simple paper box with a certificate. The Inside of Something and The Outside of Something Stopped from Falling Over the Edge of Something Else– a puzzle and edition in one. A piece which not only involuntarily evokes associations with Leonardo da Vinci’s uomo vitruviano, but also with Marcel Duchamp’s Ready-Mades of the 1920s. While Jonathan Monk (*1969 in Leicester, lives in Berlin) has taken up Minimal and Concept Art of the 1960s and 1970s in previous works, this work is a winked attempt to link Hanseatic history with older art history.
The Inside of Something and The Outside of Something Stopped from Falling Over the Edge of Something Else, 2008
Spliced hemp rope in delivery package and cardboard box with certificate
20 mm rope,
circumference 5,90 m, diameter 1,88 m
Edition 10 + 2 AP