Negative Space

Photo: of an art installation called Negative Space
Yaletown – Roundhouse

Negative Space

By Mungo Thomson

Mungo Thomson is known for creating diverse projects that playfully use language, culture and media. Central to his artistic proposition is that of context – be it institutional, cultural or that of everyday life – through his work we are prompted to grasp the many challenges to our perception in the things we encounter daily.

Negative Space is an ongoing series of photographic murals of inverted astronomical imagery sourced from the Hubble Space Telescope. Thomson works with the Hubble archive in an ongoing way, generating a negative image every time the Hubble generates a positive one. Through a simple command in Photoshop, blacks become whites, whites become blacks, and all other colors are transformed into their complement.

An exhibition of Thomson’s work will be presented at the Contemporary Art Gallery in 2014-15 produced in collaboration with SITE Santa Fe.

Mungo Thomson lives and works in Los Angeles. Solo exhibitions and projects include SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM (2013); The Times Museum, Guangzhou, China (2013); The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO (2012); The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2008); The Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France (2007); and Galeria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAMeC), Bergamo, Italy (2006), among others. His work has been included in selected group exhibitions The Pacific Standard Time Public Art and Performance Festival (2012); Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), Istanbul, Turkey (2011); Compilation IV, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany (2009); The 2008 Whitney Biennial (2008); and PERFORMA05: First Biennial of Visual Art Performance (2005). Thomson’s work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among others.

Presented by The Contemporary Art Gallery in partnership with Capture Photography Festival and the Canada Line Public Art Program – IntransitBC.