Published by Inventory Press. Text by Aram Moshayedi.
An artistís book compendium of the Hammerís Museumís entire incoming mail, designed in the style of a mail-order catalog
For Mail, Los AngelesĖbased artist Mungo Thomson (born 1969) asked the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles to let its incoming mail accumulate unopened during the run of the exhibition. Over the course of the show a pile of correspondence and packages grew, forming a temporary archive.
This book functions both as an artwork and as an elaborate and exhaustive documentation of the work as realized by the artist. Every letter, package, notice, magazine, flyer, restaurant menu, exhibition postcard, vendor catalog and piece of junk mail is represented.
Featuring an essay by Hammer Museum curator Aram Moshayedi, Mail performs a kind of autopsy of the sculpture, displaying every facet and revealing the infrastructure of both the artwork and the museum.
The design of the book loosely mimics a popular mail-order catalog, and Thomsonís photography of the items in the mail pile at the Hammer was undertaken with this catalog design in mind.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Text by Mungo Thomson, Michael Webster.
Crickets is a collaboration between Californian artist Mungo Thomson (born 1969) and composer Michael Webster (born 1966), for which field recordings of crickets from around the world were transcribed into a musical score, including parts for violin, flute, clarinet and percussion. This publication documents their project.
Published by SITE Santa Fe/Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. Introduction by Irene Hofmann. Text by Martin Herbert. Interview by Nigel Prince.
Mungo Thomson (born 1969) is a Los AngelesĖbased artist whose work explores mass culture and cosmology. Thomsonís work addresses the small, everyday voids that exist within culture--the gaps, digressions and mistakes that are an inevitable part of institutions and everyday life. The artistís first catalogue overview, Time People Money Crickets consists of a selection of nine works in a range of media including film, video, artistís books and installations. The publication is inspired by 1960s popular science compendiums.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Christoph Keller, Alessandro Rabottini.
What do black holes, distant galaxies, solar systems, nebulae and supernovas look like when seen in the negative, suddenly devoid of the color black? Mesmerizing, abstract, strangely familiar and yet hauntingly strange. This artist's book collects a group of images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, which the artist also uses in an ongoing series of photographic murals which can be custom-sized for walls and architectural spaces and installed as wallpaper. The four-color images are in fact inverted photographs of outer space made by the Hubble Space Telescope. Conceived by the artist in collaboration with designer Connie Purtil, it is part of a series edited by Christoph Keller. It was launched at the 2006 Art Basel Miami.