Jonathan Munro is concerned with creating sculptural objects, intervening in spaces and crafting experiences that question different notions of seeing and interactivity within art.
Combining conceptual and socially engaged ideas as intently crafted physical objects, the significance imbued within these sculptural forms is equally related to their aesthetic appeal and craftsmanship as it is to the ideas they represent. His experience and expertise in fabrication has allowed him to produce a large body of work that reflects his wide range of conceptual interests and contextual interests.
For Munro, the control and configuration of the sensorial environment is just as important as the individual objects, both in terms of traditional art aesthetics and as part of a technologically informed practice. His work seeks to map the duration of viewers’ engagement with their surroundings and intervene in that process.
Munro’s invitation to viewers, to enter an environment and to engage with these objects, is tempered by the control enacted by the work and the implications that this subterfuge has on experience.
By playing with and distorting the perceived natural flow of cause and effect, Munro is challenging viewers’ perception, understanding and experiences of interaction.
This manipulation of the viewer is not to deceive them, rather it seeks to return some control to them and clarify their understanding of the work and the concepts raised by it.