Jonathan Monaghan, ‘Dorilton’, 2015, bitforms gallery
Jonathan Monaghan, ‘Dorilton’, 2015, bitforms gallery
Jonathan Monaghan, ‘Dorilton’, 2015, bitforms gallery

From the series "Gotham," which twist 19th century luxury New York apartment buildings into otherworldly vignettes, "Dorilton" (2015) re-imagines a Beux-Arts façade as a kind of skin. Cut open, the architectural flesh reveals innards made of fur and luxury fabrics. Psycho-sexual, seductive, and also menacing, "Dorilton" evokes collective fears about wealth and power.

About Jonathan Monaghan

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.

American, b. 1986, New York, New York, based in Washington, D.C.

Solo Shows

Curator's Office, 
Jonathan Monaghan | Alien Fanfare