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Jonathan Monaghan

American, b. 1986

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Jonathan Monaghan

American, b. 1986

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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.

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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.

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Represented by industry leading galleries.
Articles Featuring Jonathan Monaghan
Genitals Meet Victorian Architecture in Jonathan Monaghan’s Digitally Rendered Art
Mar 20th, 2015
Genitals Meet Victorian Architecture in Jonathan Monaghan’s Digitally Rendered Art
Fabergé Meets Walk-in Closet Circa 1600: Jonathan Monaghan’s Virtual Meditation on Luxury
Sep 17th, 2014
Fabergé Meets Walk-in Closet Circa 1600: Jonathan Monaghan’s Virtual Meditation on Luxury
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