Lester Monzon: Collapse Antonym


Edward Cella Art & Architecture, is pleased to announce Collapse Antonym, an exhibition of new painting by Los Angeles based artist Lester Monzon. Built of gorgeous layers of graphite, acrylic and oil paints on top of a polished layer of gesso over Belgian linen; Monzon advances of a complex system of abstractions that simultaneously posits the joy of painting and the destruction of painting. Through an intricate progression of building graph-like patterns and luscious, multi-colored gestures of paint; Monzon creates conditions for their erasure, loss, and failure.

Collapse Antonym represents the gallery’s second solo show for Monzon and comes at the end of a immensely fecund period for the artist during the historic tumult of 2020. Unexpectedly flourishing in his studio, Monzon found further power in his unique artistic process that seeks visual and aesthetic joy in failure and system collapse. Matched to a moment in time where what was is no longer; Monzon heroically prevails in creating striking and powerful paintings of surprising harmony and movement. Masterful in their deployment of historical painting techniques and built of patience and labor; each painting seeks to deconstruct its own visual field.

The graphs in his paintings denote organization, a pre-determined system or order which call to mind data or rules. Monzon says, “The graph is something that’s in order. You fall in line, you fall in line with everything, everything has their place, and everyone pays taxes.” Until they don’t. Recognizing this void, Mozon ultimately seeks to liberate the estrangements of pattern and brushwork, opposing ideologies and spatial separations.

Installed at the Thomas Lavin Showroom at the Pacific Design Center and curated by Edward Cella; the exhibition is available for viewing Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM with appropriate social distancing measures in place. To expand the accessibility of the exhibition; a short new feature documentary produced by the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum of Cal State Long Beach on the artist’s creative practice is featured in the exhibition’s accompanying online-viewing room.

Lester Monzon: Collapse Antonym is presented concurrently with Between Worlds, a group exhibition of new and recent works by Cathy Daley, Rema Ghuloum, Robert Gunderman, Brad Miller, Lester Monzon, Patti Oleon, Ruth Pastine, Alex Rasmussen, Aili Schmeltz, Chris Trueman and Amir Zaki.


Lester Monzon (b. 1973, Brooklyn, NY) received his B.F.A. from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. His work has been exhibited at the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art at Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga; Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles; Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles; Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles in addition to shows in San Francisco and Chicago. His work has been covered and reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Artforum, and Artillery. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. Monzon lives and works in Los Angeles.


Thomas Lavin is a leader in bringing an international range of exclusive high-end home furnishings, fabrics, lighting, and accessories to Los Angeles. Founded in the year 2000 by Los Angeles Native Thomas Lavin. Over the years the Pacific Design Center showroom has grown to 19,000 square feet—including an additional 4,000 sq ft added in early 2019—which encompasses a stand-alone showroom for French heritage brand Liaigre. To better serve his clientele in Orange County, San Diego and the dessert communities, Lavin opened a showroom at the Laguna Design Center in 2014.


Edward Cella Art & Architecture is committed to supporting significant established, mid-career, and emerging artists, architects, and designers. Nurturing this hybridity, the gallery uniquely exhibits photography, painting, sculpture, architectural drawings, models, and design objects with an emphasis on the intersection of these disciplines. Edward Cella founded Edward Cella Art & Architecture in 2006, building on his background as an architectural historian with a decade of experience in art advisory and collection management and a passion for collecting architectural drawings and ephemera, as well as contemporary art and erotica. The gallery sustains a curatorial emphasis on discourses surrounding issues of cultural and conceptual significance and has represented historical and under-recognized estates and collections. 

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