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Mungo Thomson

  • Mungo Thomson | Archives
  • 2020/06/12-2020/07/18
  • Omotesando, Tokyo 2F

Mungo Thomson, 'November 24, 1980 (Saturn)', 2020, Enamel on low-iron mirror, poplar and aluminium, 188.0 x 142.0 x 6.0 cm

  • Mungo Thomson, 'November 24, 1980 (Saturn)', 2020, Enamel on low-iron mirror, poplar and aluminium, 188.0 x 142.0 x 6.0 cm
  • Mungo Thomson, 'November 24, 1980 (Saturn)', 2020, Enamel on low-iron mirror, poplar and aluminium, 188.0 x 142.0 x 6.0 cm
  • Mungo Thomson, 'Stress Archive ($100 Bills, Alarm Clock, Beer Bottle, Flip Flop, Gold Violin, Hot Dog, Movie Star, Penguin, T. Rex)', 2014-2020, Stress toys and Lucite, H13.0 x W38.1 x D48.3 cm
  • Mungo Thomson, 'Stress Archive ($100 Bills, Alarm Clock, Beer Bottle, Flip Flop, Gold Violin, Hot Dog, Movie Star, Penguin, T. Rex)', 2014-2020 (detail)
  • Mungo Thomson, 'PS 10610 Eagle Rock 12/8/10–12/14/10 P1 C', 2017, Transparent pigment on panel, 232.5 x 162.5 cm
  • Mungo Thomson, 'PS 10610 Eagle Rock 12/8/10–12/14/10 P1 C', 2017 (detail)
Following on from last year’s show, MAKI Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist, Mungo Thomson. His TIME mirror brings us (the viewers) into the cover of ‘TIME’ magazine. It enables us to easily satisfy our vanity while revealing the existence of time, which leaves its mark on all of us, whether we wish it to or not.

Time is something we cannot see or touch. However, as the artist explains, “time happens in the mirror, looking into it every day, seeing time happen in your face”. The changes in ourselves that time brings to us (the ‘aging’, if we may use such a direct expression) – the work cruelly tells us that this is the very thing which makes time visible. We thereby lose the vanity we had. The TIME mirrors thus bring to light the theme of vanity that art has engaged with for centuries, illuminating from an unusual angle, our values relating to time.

Through these and other works, such as the ‘Stress Archive’ series which takes stress toys as their motif, or the ‘Rods and Cones’ series which was very well-received at last year’s exhibition, the artist reverses our perceptions and sheds new light on our values. We hope that many of you will take this opportunity to view his work.

−Artist

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