Jillian Mayer’s work explores how technology affects our lives, bodies, and identities; and probes into points of tension between our digital and physical existence. Jonathan Monaghan creates fantastical, digital worlds that draw from visual sources found in art history, architecture, and science fiction to uncover subconscious anxieties associated with technology and consumerism.
As the world shifts ever more online and we grapple with increasingly surreal realities, curator and gallery director, Owen Duffy, moderates a discussion with Mayer and Monaghan that draws from their work and reflects on our current world, with a look toward the future.
Owen Duffy is director of the Yeh Art Gallery at St. John’s University. Duffy is a curator, active art historian, and writer. His work has been published in outlets including Artforum, ArtReview, BOMB, Frieze, and Momus. He earned his PhD in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Jillian Mayer is a Miami-based artist and filmmaker. Her videos, online experiences, performances, sculptures, installations, and public works reflect upon and mediate digital experiences. Her work has been exhibited and performed at institutions including the Bass Museum of Art, Miami; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; LAXART, Los Angeles; MoMA PS1 and MoMA, New York; and Pérez Art Museum Miami.
Washington, DC-based Jonathan Monaghan is an artist working across a range of media, including prints, sculpture, and computer animated video, to produce otherworldly objects and narratives. His highly-crafted and fantastical works have been exhibited at the Frist Art Museum, Nashville; the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris, among others; and featured in media outlets including the New York Times, Vogue, BOMB, and the Village Voice.