September 29 2008, 07:00pm
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Mungo Thomson


Mungo Thomson

Thomson discusses his recent Negative Space project on view on the Lobby Wall, as well as other works from his film of a tree falling in the forest—literally—to a handmade comic book called Einstein.


About the Exhibition

Los Angeles-based artist Mungo Thomson’s works ponder notions of mysticism and the big questions in life with an underlying deadpan wit. For the Hammer’s Lobby Wall, Thomson presents a variation of his “Negative Space” project, which as he puts it, “came out of reflecting on the color of nothing; in outer space the void is black, and in the art context the void – the empty gallery – is always white.” Thomson found an online image archive of starscape photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and he’s been downloading the copyright-free images and inverting them with a simple Photoshop tool. The result is a spectacular starburst that looks more like a close-up of minerals or marble than space debris. For the Lobby Wall, Thomson has chosen the M74 and NGC 3370 galaxies.





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