Alien Fanfare: Jonathan Monaghan

Curator's Office in Residency at Studio 1469
1469 Harvard Street REAR NW, accessed from the alley on 15th Street, between Columbia and Harvard Streets
Washington, DC 20009

April 25 - May 31, 2014

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Opening reception: Friday, April 25, 2014: 6-8pm

Talk Talk: Jonathan Monaghan & Andrea Pollan In Dialog - Thursday, May 1, 7 pm

East Coast Premiere Book Reading of "Borg Like Me" By Gareth Branwyn, Part Of Dc's Forward Fest - Thursday, May 15, 7pm

Closing party with futurist cocktails - Saturday, May 31, 6 - 8pm

For his second solo exhibition with Curator's Office, artist Jonathan Monaghan premiers a 16 minute computer animated video installation entitled Alien Fanfare, chronicling a majestic invasion of a fantastical spacecraft. Part flesh, part baroque architecture, the alien vessel contains multiple levels of historical and cultural meanings; from science fiction to luxury furniture, the work seamlessly weaves cultural artifacts into a sleek and surreal CGI moving image artwork.

Presented alongside the video installation, Monaghan created a series of prints, called The Checkpoint, which depict a triumphal arch seen in the above mentioned film. For his arch, Monaghan appropriates Albrecht Dürer's famous 16th-century woodblock print. Monaghan reinterprets the historic work with his trademark mix of pristine architectural design, sardonic faux-branding elements, and pure whimsy. Additionally Monaghan will present small 3D-printed sculptures of elements from the structure.

Monaghan will also present his much lauded and internationally exhibited Mothership animation on a monitor in the project gallery.

Monaghan has been invited to be a featured artist on seditionart.com in conjunction with his inclusion in the current exhibition at Eyebeam in New York entitled The New Romantics.

Gallery Hours are Thursday - Saturday, 12 - 6 and by appointment.

American artist Jonathan Monaghan (born 1986, New York) creates sculpture and animated video installations that challenge the boundaries between the real, the imagined, and the virtual. Pulling from wide-ranging sources such as science fiction and baroque architecture, he creates bizarre, yet compelling, 3D environments and stories with the same high-end technology used by Hollywood and video games. Monaghan received his BFA from the New York Institute of Technology in 2008 and his MFA from the University of Maryland in 2011. His work has been exhibited worldwide in venues such as Bitforms Gallery, BFI Southbank London, The Hirshhorn Museum, and the Moving Image Art Fair London. He has given lectures and workshops at the Glasgow School of Art, the University of Denver, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His work has been featured by The Washington Post, Metropolis M, The Huffington Post, TimeOut NY, The Colbert Report, ArtInfo, and NYC TV. Monaghan is represented by Curator's Office in Washington, DC.

Studio 1469 (www.studio1469.com) is a newly constructed studio/gallery space located at 1469 Harvard Street REAR, designed and created with multi-disciplinary uses in mind. The space is both a blank slate and a ready to use opportunity for rehearsal, instruction and creation. Gallery style lighting along with abundant natural light, combined with reinforced soundproof walls enables both choir or painter, ensemble or photographer to make things happen within this secluded yet wonderfully situated building. Over a century old, originally built as stables and storage for the neighborhood grocer, Studio 1469 emerges again to serve the community, now via artists, performers & musicians within The District and beyond.

Studio 1469 is located just northeast of the intersection of 15th and Harvard Street NW, adjacent to the nexus of Adams Morgan, Mt. Pleasant and Columbia Heights, conveniently 2.5 blocks from the Green & Yellow line Columbia Heights Metro. As you walk north on 15th Street, turn right into the alley between Harvard and Columbia Roads NW and walk towards the rear of the alley. A map can be found here.

Gallery Hours for the Exhibition: Thursday - Saturday, 12 - 6 pm & by appointment.