New Exhibition Opening and Live Performance – Mungo Thomson

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555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

Join us to celebrate the opening the exhibition:Mungo Thomson

Time, People, Money, Crickets
July 10 to August 30, 2015
Opening: Friday, July 10, 7-10pm
CAG, 555 Nelson Street, Vancouver

Mungo Thomson
Time, People, Money, Crickets
July 10 to August 30, 2015
B.C. Binning, Alvin Balkind Galleries and gallery façade
The Contemporary Art Gallery presents a major solo exhibition by Los Angeles based artist Mungo Thomson.
Time, People, Money, Crickets brings together a survey of work produced during the past five years, complemented by an extensive monographic publication. Combined, exhibition and publication provide an expansive opportunity to tease out the nuance and complexity of Thomson’s practice across his many media and forms.
Central to Thomson’s artistic proposition is an embrace of context—be it situational, institutional, mass cultural or art historical—and it is through the intelligent breadth of his individual works that we are prompted to examine the perceptual mechanics of everyday life in relation to a wider historical and cosmic scale. The exhibition includes key works in film, sound, sculpture, performance and publication that approach perception and cultural mediation with economy and wit, often relying on existing forms of recognition and distribution.
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Join us for an evening live performance in partnership with Vancouver New Music concurrent with the opening of the exhibition.

Mungo Thomson
Crickets (2012-13)
Friday, July 10, from 8.30pm
Emery Barnes Park, Richards and Davie Street
Free, all welcome.

In partnership with Vancouver New Music, the Contemporary Art Gallery presents a new performance comprising these solo performances with Mark McGregor (Piccolo), Françoise Houle (Clarinet), Llowyn Ball (Violin) and Martin Fisk (Percussion).

To create Crickets, Thomson collaborated with composer Michael Webster to transcribe field recordings of crickets from around the world (France, Cameroon, Senegal, Martinique, Borneo, Thailand and Venezuela) into a musical score. The initial result was a dynamic composition for a 17-person classical ensemble, the score containing 25 chapters, or ‘movements,’ such as “12. Reunion Island, the Cirque de Cilaos at 1300 m. altitude, February 1998, nightfall in a banana plantation.” Thomson and Webster have subsequently developed Crickets for solo performers—individual musicians scattered around a park, each simulating the sound of a single cricket with a different instrument.

Image credits:

Cricket Solo for Flute, 2013
Live performance, duration variable
Performance view, Social Animals, Art Public, Art Basel Miami Beach
Performer: Jessica Schmitz
Photo: Art Basel