Jonathan Monaghan
American, born 1986
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Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2017
Summer 2017: A preview of next season,
bitforms gallery
Jonathan Monaghan: Disco Beast,
bitforms gallery
2015
Escape Pod,
bitforms gallery

To create his CGI animations, Jonathan Monaghan mines and appropriates the characters and environments from the video games of his youth, as well as incorporating references to art history, Wall Street, consumer products, and other aspects of contemporary culture. “Pitting these ridiculous-looking video game characters and environments with recreations of real, “evil” power is very much what I was doing,” he has said. “By trying to create a coherent reality or a narrative where these absurd manifestations of power interact with actual power structures, my viewers can approach how power works through a different lens.” He likens this process of appropriation and reinterpretation to hacking—pulling images from culture and reversing their meaning, so that they subvert the very structures that produced them.