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July 12 – 14, 2024.

Alex Thompson

City
Edmonton

Alex R.M. Thompson’s body of print- and installation-based work interrogates the structures of power and processes of land use that shape the contemporary world we occupy. His prints are monochromatic fabrications, using monumental, institutional, and infrastructural architecture to create hypothetical cityscapes from existing buildings. Through the process of combining disparate places, he illustrates spaces that are simultaneously plausible, familiar, and forlorn. Recognizable structures emerge outside of their contexts, looming above empty streets that do not exist. The inter-reliant nature of urban areas and the compression of distance as technology connects cities underpin Thompson’s methods of creative generation, leading to reflections on architecture embracing its timeliness/timelessness. He has exhibited at galleries in Canada and abroad, including The Power Plant (Toronto), The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa), Galleri Heike Arndt (Berlin), and the Gladstone House (Toronto), and has instructed various print techniques at Open Studio (Toronto), OCAD University (Toronto), and the University of Alberta (Edmonton). Originally from Brantford, ON, he holds a BFA from OCAD University, and a MFA from the University of Alberta. He currently teaches at the University of Alberta as an Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Art and Design, as a printmaking Instructor at the Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP), and maintains a creative studio practice.

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