For Alien Sonata, created specifically for Sedition, artist Jonathan Monaghan constructs fantastical spaceships and chronicles their majestic invasion of earth. Part flesh, part baroque architecture, the alien vessels contain multiple levels of historical and cultural meanings; from the Palace of Versailles to Stanley Kubrick's 2001 Space Odyssey, Monaghan seamlessly weaves cultural artefacts into a sleek and surreal CGI moving image artwork. The work’s dreamlike sequence of borrowed images align into a smooth hyper real futuristic creation and mark a departure from Monaghan’s previous films due to the lack of characters. The artist lets the setting speak for itself, relying on the suspect organic nature of the machine to be both subject and object, both backdrop and protagonist, of his visual enquiry.
Alien Sonata is related a solo exhibition of the artist’s work, opening April 2014, Washington, D.C. Jonathan Monaghan lives and works in Washington, D.C.