American Still Life
by Willie N. Steiner
John Monaco's AMERICAN STILL LIFE series brings together two disparate media, digital sculpture and images from the World Wide Web. Harkening to Caravaggio's classic painting "Eros as Victor, 1596-1598" and the subjects of "Easy Riders" magazine, Monaco has developed a new language in the history of the still life. Monaco's objects in this series are purely digital, never taking a three-dimensional form and the synthetic models and their environments are appropriated from publicly available sources.The result of Monaco's investigation is a definition of the artist/sculptor in the digital era and the age of information.