Jol Thomson

* 1981 in Toronto, CAN
lives in Berlin

In his work Jol Thomson explores analog processes and techniques for visualizing extraterrestrial images and is interested in the creation and development of new topics for art to address in the third millennium.

Starting with 30 images of “Titan Descent” (2005), which were transmitted by the Cassini-Huygens space probe (a joint venture by NASA, ESA and ISA) from Saturn’s largest moon “Titan” to Earth, Jol Thomson gives the panorama collage a sculptural form in the shape of a black relief-like frame. The composition and layering of the elements corresponds with the compilation of the series in other words with the sequence in which the captured images arrived on Earth – thru November 2014 – from the most remote point in space.

Graphite-coated wood, black mirror glass and ligurian slate surround Titan as an inverted frame, arranged in a decentralized manner around its own coordinates, materials and feedback. “Dark Kairological Framework” (2014) is offered as a way of locating and relativizing our position as viewers. In this manner we encounter fragmented perspectives and multiple dimensions, not to mention potential places or approximations of them.

On the accompanying written panels, “The Shadows (I-IV)” (2015), Thomson cites black on black insights that direct his work into new orbits. The view of the sculpture is guided as if through a lens, through the mystical darkness of the night sky, which has since time immemorial inspired astronomers and seers to come up with countless stories, future visions and new systems of knowledge – into a new openness.

Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden

(/Obedience) Capricious Disorder, 2014
digital collage
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona