11th June 2009

Proposal no.11

Jonathan Monk as editor/reworking fiction.

Jonathan Monk’s work is predicated on testing out possible exceptions to the rule that remakes and sequels are never quite as good as the originals. For the last 15 years or so his work has consisted of reflections on seminal works, methods and ideas principally from Conceptual and Minimal artists of the 1960s and 1970s. His updates, imitations with alterations, reinterpretations and cover versions turn on twists that are variously droll, whimsical, personalized or autobiographical.

Jonathan Monk will be commissioned to rework 3 classic and 3 contemporary works of fiction. These reinterpretations can take any form; A sequel of  A novel, editing of the main text, a translation, reworking of the cover, or as a response in form of artwork. It is open to Monk’s own interpretation. The aim of this project is to challenge the idea of purity in modern art and fiction, demystifying the creative process and suggesting alternative models for how art and fiction the role of the artist and editor (or artist as Editor) can be interpreted.

Contemporary fiction:

Leviathan Paul Auster

Girlfriend in a Coma Douglas Coupland

The Crying Lot of 49 Thomas Pynchon


Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson

The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allan Poe

Trilby George du Maurier



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