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.
‘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
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.
11/24/12 – 06/01/13
opening reception Fri Nov 23, 8pm
Friday – Sunday, 1-5pm
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