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Sacrifice of the Mushroom Kings

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By Jonathan Monaghan in Video on Tuesday 24 January 2012

Street Fighter characters ride around Mario Kart tracks, then dissolve into the gilded age of American capitalism as they sneak around houses built by Philip Lehman and J.P. Morgan.

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Victoria F. Gaitán’s baroque flesh and blood still lifes

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By Jonathan Monaghan in New Photography on Thursday 10 November 2011

My friend Victoria F. Gaitán decorates her portrait subjects with meat or blood or candy to create intimidating baroque flesh and blood still lifes. Maybe one day she will ask me to get covered in horse heads and ice cream. Look for her work up with Patricia Piccinini at Conner Contemporary in Washington DC through December.

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Elements by Bif: creative visuals using CG software

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By Jonathan Monaghan in Video on Wednesday 9 November 2011

London based Bif creates creates really great promos and commercials. Elements is just something they did for fun, and like much of their work, is wonderfully weird and funny. I think work like this is emblematic of the new visual possibilities offered by more accessible and powerful CG software.

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Animation by Takeshi Murata

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By Jonathan Monaghan in Video on Wednesday 9 November 2011

I was pleased to be an artist in residence at the innovative desktop 3D printing company MakerBot Industries. Takeshi Murata was another artist in residence and he printed a mind-blowing 3D zoetrope recently on view at Frieze art fair in London. It was related to his wonderful I, Popeye animation.

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Cliff Evans creates video installations from found imagery

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By Jonathan Monaghan in Video on Thursday 27 October 2011

My friend Cliff Evans creates amazing video installations using found imagery taken from the internet. Like moving Dadaist collages for modern times, the animations are subversive and also have a wonderfully subtle wit to them.

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Yoann Lemoin’s brilliant video for the song Wastin Time

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By Jonathan Monaghan in Video on Tuesday 25 October 2011

Yoann Lemoine directs beautiful, poignant music videos and commercials. Like most of his work, the recent video Wastin Time by The Shoes beautifully executes a simple and poetic idea. You don’t always see ‘less is more’ applied to the short moving image art form, so it is nice to see someone who can pull it […]

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Incredible 3D animation by Jonathan Monaghan

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By Jonathan Monaghan in Video on Tuesday 25 October 2011

My latest series, Metropolitan, explores imagery associated with wealth and secretive power. A former Vanderbilt estate is blackened and decorated with regalia while the Alibi club comprising Washington DC’s most powerful men takes on the properties of fabric, gently blowing in the wind. It’s an ongoing series that happens to be quite relevant at the […]

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Barcelona-based CANADA create incredible music videos

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By Jonathan Monaghan in Video on Tuesday 25 October 2011

Barcelona-based CANADA has taken the art form of the music video into a whole new direction with their fun and ambitious productions. Their recent work includes White Nights for Oh Land (above) and Holy Ghost for White Lies. And if you haven’t seen all their work yet, watch it all right now.

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