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 colours 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.