Jonathan Monaghan works across a range of media, including prints, sculpture and animated video, to produce otherworldly objects and narratives, such as unicorns or some tactile objects in unnamable forms. His works draw on wide-ranging sources, such as historical artworks and science fiction, in an attempt to elicit subconscious anxieties associated with technology and consumerism. These could likely be very intriguing dinner topics over the butternut squash carbonara with sage he prepares… yum!
The best style advice I was ever given…“You can never go wrong with black.” – my mother.
I would never wear…color, except on my socks.
Number of unanswered mails in your account today…0 – I am insane I know.
My favourite travel device is…small sketchbook that fits in my back pocket. I have one everywhere I go; everything I do starts there. Nothing beats pen to paper as a way to extract your creativity. Whenever I am in a new environment, ideas start whizzing around, and I need something quick to develop them.
On a plane I normally spend my time…sketching ideas for new work. Oddly being trapped in an uncomfortable seat surrounded by strangers flying above the clouds is a good place to plan out new projects for me. Travel is a big part of my creative process, whenever I come back from an exciting new place my head is buzzing.
Top 3 songs on my headphone…right now, Au Revoir Simone – “Crazy”, Cults – “Go Outside”, and Furniteur – “Redudant Buzz”. Furniteur created the soundtrack for my past two films, you should check them out; but often when I am working, I put on some classical, Sibelius or Bach.
In the gym I… who has time for the gym. I prefer a quick run or a walk, ideally among some nature. I have a standing desk too, so sometimes I’ll put on some music and dance while working away at the computer.
My necessary extravagance is…expensive coffee.
Jonathan Monaghan works across a range of media, including prints, sculpture and animated video, to produce otherworldly objects and narratives, such as unicorns or some tactile objects in unnamable forms.
If I could host a party for anyone it would be…Grace Jones.
In the art world currently I find most exciting…Almost any artist’s studio is filled with unique and exciting work, especially artists who are just starting out. In fact, the larger galleries and museums tend to be the most boring and expected. In an age where there is no more mystery and everything is corporatized and streamlined, the artist studio is a bastion of wonder and experimentation.
In my bedroom I have artworks by…my friend Eames Armstrong, watch out for Eames’ paintings, they are extraordinarily fun and good.
The most arty city is…I haven’t visited them all yet, so I’ll get back to you. I’ve been fortunate enough to make art in Berlin, Paris, Barcelona, NYC, Amsterdam, and Washington DC, and shown my work in countless others. Each one has its unique identity and community, which the artistic process builds from.
My favourite art-world ladies are… Rachel Maclean is my favorite artist working today. Her work is endlessly exciting and new, and she is one of the hardest working artists I know. Mia Feuer is one of my favorite people, and is a great artist. Shana Moulton and Juliana Huxtable are also some of my favs. Claudia Hart and Jessica Steinkamp were some of the first people I saw using 3D animation in a contemporary art context and showed me that you can make a career doing it. And we can’t forget the hard work people do to support artists. I love what Kerry Doran and Paulina Bebecka are doing at Postmasters for instance.
Images from Jonathan Monaghan