Moving Image Istanbul: Jonathan Monaghan

Halic Congress Center, Istanbul, Turkey

September 25-28, 2014


Curator's Office is proud to participate in the inaugural edition of Moving Image Istanbul with gallery artist, Jonathan Monaghan. The Moving Image Art Fair is a global art fair devoted exclusively to contemporary video. For the first time, the fair will hold an edition of its critically acclaimed fair model in the Kuleli Building at the Halic Congress Center from September 25 - 28, 2014, concurrently with the ArtInternational Art Fair.

As a world premiere, the gallery will present Jonathan Monaghan's newest video, The Pavilion, (2014) in which he conflates Baroque architecture, Faberge eggs, human orifices, and a luxurious walk-in closet. The Pavilion is an unreal meditation on wealth and power. In the work, a meticulously crafted virtual structure continually spawns strange egg-shaped pods. With ominous imagery and sharp, seductive visuals, Monaghan postulates a world permeated by over-powering technology and luxury.

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 BFI Southbank London, UK; Bitforms, New York, NY; Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, Arkansas; Eyebeam, New York, NY; The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; The Moving Image Art Fair London and New York. He has given lectures and workshops at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 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.

The Curatorial Advisory Committee for Moving Image Istanbul 2014 includes Paula Alzugaray (Independent curator, Sao Paulo, Brazil), Sabine Brunckhorst (Collector, Hamburg, Germany), Dan Cameron (Chief Curator, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California), Kathleen Forde (Artistic Director, Borusan Contemporary Istanbul, New York, NY and Istanbul, Turkey), Kenichi Kondo (Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan), and Azra Tüzünoglu (Founder and Director, PILOT Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey).

Admission to the fair is free. For special events programming and fair details, please visit the fair's visitor page. For further information about the availability of Jonathan Monaghan's work, please contact the gallery

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Other works by Jonathan Monaghan may be previewed at jonathanmonaghan.com