In my videos, I combine stylized and surreal imagery and plot lines with a sense of emotional truth. I want the story to feel real to the viewer in the way that a fantastic dream can feel real—on a visceral level. Inspired by Gogol's "The Nose" and traditional Japanese fairy tales, Seed (7 minute video) tells the story of a man who, in losing pieces of himself, undergoes a transformation. Moth (10 minute video) is partly based on Elizabeth Bishop’s poem The Man-Moth, and follows three moth-like characters who are drawn to elusive sources of light. In both pieces, each on-screen element is created from painted plaster, cloth, or cardboard. The layering of materials, and the sculpting of light on simple forms help to make this world feel like a three-dimensional, inhabitable painting.
Jonathan Ehrenberg received a BA in Art-Semiotics from Brown University, and an MFA in Painting from Yale. He has exhibited work at venues including P.S.1 and Horton/Sunday L.E.S. gallery, and had a solo exhibition at the Earl McGrath gallery. In 2010 he participated in the In Process residency at the Islip Art Museum in Islip, NY. He has worked as an animation designer and art director, and currently teaches drawing at Parsons, and digital design and the graphic novel at Pace University.