Jonathan Monaghan | 10.27 – 11.13.2011

Dauphin is a term referring to the heir-apparent to the French throne. In the animation I explored the many iconic elements and narratives surrounding French monarchy such as lions, crowns, and the Fleur-de-lis by mixing them with elements from a more contemporary iconography. There is an almost irreverent use and misuse of these references in an attempt to create an absurd reality that is both familiar and alien at the same time.

Atrium Gallery – Western Michigan University


Jonathan Monaghan (b. New York, 1986) makes short films that combine high end computer animation with surreal and fantastical scenes drawn from religious themes, popular culture and Western history. Work by Jonathan Monaghan has been shown in the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C., the Today Art Museum in Beijing, as well as other galleries and venues in New York, Oslo, Berlin and London. His most recent solo exhibition “Life Tastes Good in Disco Heaven” was reviewed in the Washington Post.


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