Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Mungo Thomson at The Apartment Gallery, Vancouver BC

Mungo Thomson
11/24/12 – 06/01/13

The Apartment is thrilled to present an exhibition by 
Los Angeles artist Mungo Thomson. Known for his use of vernacular culture within refined conceptual frameworks, and for collapsing the social and the phenomenological in his work, Thomson will present a new 35mm slide projection work entitled ‘The Trail’, 2012, and a sculpture edition for his second project and first exhibition with The Apartment.

In ‘The Trail’, Thomson deploys found images as a lens for a quotidian notion of the sublime–specifically the natural and cultural sublime of Northern California between 1969 and 1984, the years these photos were taken, and, coincidentally, the years Thomson was growing up there. The images include storm clouds over the Sierras, rainbows over treelines, hikers on mountain paths and swimmers in lakes and waterfalls, children and animals, auto racing and a Rolling Stones concert at Candlestick Park–all viewed through the lens of a single camera. While Thomson recognizes these locales and tropes, they are not his photographs. Thomson frames this sequence of images as a social landscape–a set of instances of amateur feeling that lay behind and around the more formalized realizations of time and place that were happening in the Light and Space and Land Art of the same period.

Thomson will exhibit ‘The Trail’ in dialogue with a six-pack of bottles from his 2001 project, Royal Leerdam Beer Bottle Candle Holders. Thomson worked with the glass artisans at Royal Leerdam near Rotterdam, The Netherlands, a renowned factory that produces both rare crystal objects and glass beer bottles by the thousand, to produce an edition of mouth-blown lead-crystal Heineken bottles which he utilizes as candle holders.

Mungo Thomson has had solo shows and projects at the Aspen Art Museum (2012); UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2008); the Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2007); and Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAMeC), Bergamo, Italy (2006). He participated in the Istanbul Biennial (2011), the Whitney Biennial (2008), and the Performa Biennial of Visual Art Performance (2005). 
He will present a major exhibition of his work, TIME, Money, People, Crickets in 2013 at Site Sante Fe.
Mungo Thomson
11/24/12 – 06/01/13
opening reception Fri Nov 23, 8pm

Friday – Sunday, 1-5pm
119b E Pender St, Vancouver BC

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