Jonathan Monk, “The End” (PRINT #142)


“The End” (PRINT #142)


70 x 25 cm – 27.5 x 9.8 inches
Unique, signed in pencil on the back
One of a kind hand-made marbled paper, silkscreen

Unique prints made during the production of “The End”, a book created for Three Star Books.

The title “The End”, composed with a typeface recalling an old movie, is silk screened onto the marbled paper.

Jonathan Monk knows that in order to create decorative marble paper you have to mix oil paint and water, two incompatible elements. In this case the artist mixed handmade marble paper sheets (used by bookbinders to create end pages) with end credits(as in movies).
Paper marbling is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to smooth marble or other kinds of stone. The technique was invented in Japan as early as the 10th century. Occidental bookbinders have been using marble papers as their favorite end pages material since the 16th century.
When Three Star Books challenged Jonathan Monk and asked him to think about a project using hand made marble papers, the artist quickly responded with a play on words as well as an indirect quote of Ed Ruscha’s numerous paintings and prints that carry the words “The End”. (Jonathan Monk frantically collects artist’s books by Ruscha)

A short video of the production of “The End” is available here

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