photo realistic rendering of a unicorn in a cafe

Synthetic Mythologies

An Exhibition by Jonathan Monaghan

Exhibition Dates: September 18 – November 16, 2018
Opening Reception: September 18, 6 – 9 p.m.
Philip J. Steele Gallery
RMCAD campus: 1600 Pierce Street. Lakewood, CO 80214

Free + open to the public

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design presents Synthetic Mythologies by Washington, D.C.-based artist Jonathan Monaghan in the Philip J. Steele Gallery. Through prints and computer animated video, Monaghan weaves a unique contemporary mythology, exposing collective fears and anxieties about technology and the future. Drawing on a range of references such as science fiction, luxury real-estate advertising and baroque architecture, the works in Synthetic Mythologies allude to a disconcerting reality behind the seductive surfaces of technology and consumerism. However, Monaghan offers little hope for an escape as his symbol-laden fiction eludes discernible meaning, leaving the viewer to cope only with impenetrable glistening veneers.

Synthetic Mythologies will be unveiled in conjunction with Monaghan’s lecture for the Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer Program in RMCAD’s Mary Harris Auditorium on September 18, 2018. Monaghan will also screen four videos at the Sie Film Center in conjunction with SUPERNOVA Outdoor Digital Animation Festival on September 20, 2018.


Disco Beast, 2016
video (color, sound), media player, screen or projector, 18 min loop.
Courtesy of bitforms gallery, New York