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WPA Presents Hothouse Video: Jonathan Monaghan 

Jonathan Monaghan, Rainbow Narcosis (video still), 2012. CGI animated HD video, 9 min. Image courtesy of Curator's Office.

Jonathan Monaghan, Rainbow Narcosis (video still), 2012. CGI animated HD video, 9 min. Image courtesy of Curator’s Office.

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Opening Reception: Saturday, April 12 from 7pm to 9pm

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Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) announces an exhibition by DC-based artist, Jonathan Monaghan, the second in its Hothouse Video series at the Capitol Skyline Hotel.

Monaghan will present five computer-animated films created between 2010 and 2013 that challenge the boundaries between the real, the imagined, and virtual. Pulling from wide-ranging sources such as science fiction and baroque architecture, the works reveal bizarre, yet compelling, 3D environments and stories created with the same high-end technology used by Hollywood and video games. The films deal with topics including wealth, power and authority, but assert no clear moral or meaning. His sleek and realistic animations offer a nightmarish edge in which the viewer remains trapped in an endless loop of seductive, but ultimately vacuous, simulation where meanings don’t quite materialize.

The exhibition will remain on view 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the hotel lobby from April 3 through May 9, 2014. Admission to the exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.

About the Artist
Jonathan Monaghan (born 1986, Queens, NY) received his BFA from the New York Institute of Technology in 2008 and his MFA from the University of Maryland in 2011. He has completed residencies at MakerBot Industries in Brooklyn, NY; Seven Below Arts Initiative in Burlington, VT; Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY; and Culturia in Berlin, Germany. He is the recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and was a U.S. Speaker and Specialist selected by the U.S. Department of State to speak on 3D printing abroad. He has given lectures and workshops at the Glasgow School of Art, the University of Denver, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Bennington College. Monaghan’s work has been featured in a range of media including The Washington Post, Metropolis M, The Huffington Post, TimeOut NY, the Colbert Report, ArtInfo and NYC TV. Monaghan’s work will be included in a number of exhibitions this spring at the American University Museum, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, Salon Zürcher, Monkeytown 4, and Studio 1469. Jonathan Monaghan is represented by Curator’s Office in Washington, DC.

About Hothouse Video
As a natural extension of its long running Experimental Media Series, WPA is launching Hothouse Video, a series of contemporary video works by local, national, and international artists to be presented in the hotel lobby. Part of the Hothouse series of exhibitions and events at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, Hothouse Video seeks to introduce exceptional artists and artworks to the DC community and to the substantial number of visitors, both national and international, who visit the hotel. Each Hothouse Video project will run approximately 6 weeks. Upcoming Hothouse Video exhibitions will feature works by Brandon Morse and Saya Woolfalk.

Capitol Skyline Hotel is located at 10 I (eye) St. SW. For additional information about the artist, exhibition checklist, and images, please contact Samantha May at 202-234-7103 x1 or [email protected]

This exhibition is supported, in part, by generous contributions from numerous individuals and the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, William C. Paley Foundation, William S. Paley Foundation, the Abramson Family Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Center for Democracy and Technology, The Chesapeake Framing Company, Clark Construction Group, James G. Davis Construction Corporation (DAVIS), Jessica Stafford Davis, Raymond Garcia, Carol Brown Goldberg & Henry Goldberg, Graham Holdings Company, Gucci, HapstakDemetriou+, Hickok Cole Architects, Giselle & Benjamin Huberman, Intel Corporation, j fine art, The JBG Companies, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Yvette Kraft, Marshfield Associates, NoMa Business Improvement District, Peacock Café,  Sheppard, Mullin, Richter, & Hampton LLP, Turner Construction Company, Alexia & Rod von Lipsey, Vornado/Charles E. Smith & Gould Property Company, and the WPA Board of Directors.

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