A still from Rainbow Narcosis, 2012, computer animated HD film, 9 minutes.

A still from Rainbow Narcosis, 2012, computer animated HD film, 9 minutes.

Unicorns in coffee shops, robots made of Beaux Art towers, and fleshy orbs. Mothership, the first Spagnuolo show of the season, looks like a futuristic Exquisite Corpse game. Jonathan Monaghan is an American computer animator and artist who received his BFA in computer graphics from the New York Institute of Technology and an MFA from the University of Maryland.

Mothership is a compact survey of Monaghan’s animations and prints created between 2013 and 2015. It includes the computer animated films Mothership and Escape Pod, printed wireframe studies from the films and printed works from the series After Fabregé. The work draws broadly for inspiration with references to ancient mythology, science fiction, architecture and corporate branding. The culminating work is mystical, humorous and satirical.

Monaghan (born 1986, New York) works across disciplines to create works that blur the boundaries between the real, the imagined, and the virtual. His work has been exhibited at The Sundance Film Festival, The Minneapolis Institute of Art and The Hirshhorn Museum. His work has been featured in several media outlets including The Washington Post, VICE, The Wall Street Journal and The Village Voice. Monaghan is represented by bitforms gallery in New York.

Mothership is on view from August 31 – October 16, 2016. An Opening Reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, September 22 from 6:00 – 8:00pm.

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