Rainbow Narcosis
Rainbow Narcosis
Rainbow Narcosis

"Rainbow Narcosis" follows a headless lamb through a series of otherworldly environments. With a visual style that shifts between photo-realism and video games, the work highlights the increasing disconnect between whats real and whats mediated. From the Palais Garnier to a modernist loft, the subject matter references wealth and power, while maintaining an unsettling ambiguity.

View video excerpt: http://vimeopro.com/bitforms/monaghan/video/109323051

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 on Artsy

2015
Escape Pod, bitforms gallery, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2013
PostPictures, bitforms gallery