• Artist Statement

    On the morning of January 28, 1986, I sat with my first-grade teacher and fellow classmates in our school cafeteria, watching on live television the launch and subsequent disaster of the Challenger Shuttle. Before this moment, mass media did not directly influence my perception of reality: monsters, superheroes, and cartoons, were not real. Beaming from the same source, the realization that six astronauts and one teacher were dead sunk into my awareness. Images became real and reality seemed an illusion.

    The arrival of Internet imagery established a new form of photo-based art; one that releases it from the confines of real world documentation. Following in the footsteps of previous appropriation artists, my practice involves remixing found imagery through digital technologies. This method of production gives rise to a new paradigm in which the artist is situated in the liminal space between a consumer and a producer of the work. The meta- modernistic approach allows for an amalgamation of both the modernist tendency for experimentation and the postmodern view of a fluctuating reality. Thus, my work underscores and recalibrates the concepts of originality in which the author is reborn into the immaterial world of the abstract.

    As our culture continues to transform into a representation of things, we become prisoners of our own perceived world. To reconcile this perceived reality, we must look at our own past and deconstruct the narrative in which it was built upon. By dissecting film, television, news, and advertising, I take my personal, mediated experience and translate into a universal one. Doing this allows for an innovative and neutral awareness that considers our need to be heard and our desire to be right.

  • Curriculum Vitae

    EDUCATION:
    2012
    Master of Fine Arts in Photography, Savannah College of Art & Design, Atlanta, GA
    2005
    Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
    2017
    Insufficient Data for an Image, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
    2015
    P. Seth Thompson: Good Exposure, Arnall Golden Gregory, LLC, Atlanta, GA
    2014
    THIS MESSAGE HAS NO CONTENT, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
    2013
    The Last One, Poem 88, Atlanta, GA
    2012
    The Tannhauser Gate, Ontologic Solutions, Atlanta, GA
    2010
    Construction Paper, Gallery 111, Dalton, GA
    2005
    Stop Motion Europe, Gallery 111, Dalton, GA

    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
    2017
    (forthcoming) LIshui International Photography Festival, Lishui, China
    (forthcoming) Medium, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA
    Art Papers 18th Annual Art Auction, The Boiler Room, Atlanta, GA
    2016
    Abstraction Today, MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA
    2015
    Atlas Restaurant, Tavistock Group, Atlanta, GA
    Spectrum 2015-Live Art Auction & Gala, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
    ACP 10th Annual Photography Auction, Mason Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
    J1: ATHICA's first juried exhibition, ATHICA, Athens, GA
    Summer Salon, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
    The Fifth Annual Exposure Photography Award, The Louvre Museum, Paris, France
    Portalism: new moves from the 2014/15 Walthall Artist Fellows, MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA
    BURNAWAY 4th Annual Art Crush Auction, Abrams Fixture Building, Atlanta, GA
    Art Papers 16th Annual Art Auction, Bobo Intriguing Objects, Atlanta, GA
    2014
    Shape of a Pocket: parallel thoughts in contemporary practice, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
    What is Seen is Not Always What is Real, Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA
    Artfields, Lake City, SC
    Art Papers 15th Annual Art Auction, Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
    2013
    100 at 100, Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, Atlanta, GA
    2012
    Flowers for You, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York, NY
    Talent Loves Company, Barbara Archer Gallery, Atlanta, GA
    2011
    GroundFloor: 2011 Dashboard Exhibition #2, Edgewood district, Atlanta, GA
    Silver and Ink, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
    Nature, Undisturbed, Dogwood Gallery, Tyrone, GA
    Festival, Creative Arts Guild, Dalton, GA
    2010
    Silver and Ink, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
    SCAD-Atlanta Fall Open Studios, SCAD-Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
    SCAD-Atlanta Juried Photo Exhibition, Atlantic Station, Atlanta, GA
    My Atlanta, Piedmont Park Conservancy Center, Atlanta, GA
    F/18, Atlantic Station, Atlanta, GA
    New Works, Emerging Art Scene, Atlanta, GA
    2009
    We Are Going To Eat You, Mint Gallery, Atlanta, GA
    Festival, Creative Arts Guild, Dalton, GA
    2008
    Aftermath, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA
    The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Altered Aesthetics, Minneapolis, MN
    2005
    Festival, Creative Arts Guild, Dalton, GA

    COMMISSIONS:
    2015
    Satisfaction. USA Networks, NYC. Television
    2014
    Hawks Cay Resort & Villas, Duck Key, FL

    SPEAKING APPEARANCES:
    2017
    Artist Talk, Insufficient Data for an Image, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
    2015
    Roundtable Discussion, All Those Moments, MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA
    2014
    Artist Talk, THIS CONVERSATION HAS NO CONTENT: A conversation with P. Seth Thompson and Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, High Museum of Atlanta, GA, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
    Visiting Artist, SCAD-Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
    Visiting Artist, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
    2013
    Artist Talk, The Last One, Poem 88 Gallery, Atlanta, GA
    Visiting Artist, The University of West Georgia, Carrolton, GA
    Visiting Artist, Southern Polytechnic State University, Atlanta, GA

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:
    2017
    Nathan Sharratt, "Glitch-By-Number: Insufficient Data For Conversation," Burnaway, April 28, 2017
    Jeremy Abernathy, "'Insufficient Data for an Image' — P. Seth Thompson at Sandler Hudson Gallery," Burnaway, April 14, 2017
    2016
    Nicola Breslauer, “Short Shorts 2016: An Interview with P. Seth Thompson,” Oz Magazine, August 16, 2016
    Donna Mintz, “Forms of Abstraction at MOCA GA,” % Burnaway%, June 2, 2016.
    2015
    Faith McClure, “WonderRoot's Walthall Fellows emphasize live encounters in 'Portalism' at MOCA GA,” ArtsATL, August 12, 2015.
    Kimberly Binns, “Crush Cribs: P. Seth Thompson,” Burnaway (video), Atlanta, GA
    2014
    Floyd Hall, "WonderRoot Podcast: P. Seth Thompson," Burnaway Radio (podcast), November 26, 2014.
    Creative Loafing, Cover, vol. 43, no. 28, November 2014
    Muriel Vega, “Art-Techstic Speech: How Technology Informs and Inspires 3 ATL Artists,” Creative Loafing, vol. 43, no. 28, November 2014. 35
    Faith McClure, “P. Seth Thompson indulges in and questions our hyperdigitized reality, at Sandler Hudson,” ArtsATL, October 8, 2014.
    Dan Weiskopf, “Through Alien Eyes: P. Seth Thompson at Sandler Hudson”,
    Burnaway, September 25, 2014.
    Dr. Jerry Cullum, “Shape of a Pocket smart, engaging but also frustrating, at Sandler Hudson”, ArtsATL, September 2, 2014.
    Stephanie Dowda, “The Power of Two in The Shape of a Pocket at Sandler Hudson,”
    Burnaway, August 12, 2014.
    Stacia Yeapanis, “OtherPeoplesPixels interviews P. Seth Thompson,” OtherPeoplesPixels (blog), July 24, 2014.
    Cinque Hicks, “P. Seth Thompson at Poem 88”, Art in America, March 2014. 158
    2013
    Meredith Kooi, “Cosmic Images and Inner Realities: P. Seth Thompson’s
    The Last One,” Bad at Sports: Contemporary Art Talk, December 26, 2013.
    Kate Abney, “Ones to Watch,” The Atlantan (Arts & Power Issue), December 2013. 95
    Jill Frank, “Dodge & Burn: P. Seth Thompson”, Burnaway, July 15, 2013.
    2012
    Kate Sweeney, “Dashboard Co-op Brings Art to Unexpected Spaces,” WABE, July 26, 2012.
    Winston Ward, “Thompson’s Tannhäuser Gate Celebrates the Unknowable,” Burnaway, June 6, 2012.
    Debbie Michaud, “A few questions with photographer P. Seth Thompson,” Creative Loafing, May 16, 2012.
    2011
    Joanna Bledsoe, “The Bizarre and Beautiful World of Kiki Smith,” MutualArt.com, November 2, 2011.
    Ann Nichols, “Festival 2011,” Chattanooga Times Free Press, September 11, 2011. E10

    AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS:
    2014-15
    Walthall Artist Fellowship, Atlanta, GA
    2014
    Finalist, John Gutman Photography Fellowship Award, San Francisco, CA
    Finalist, Artadia: The Fund for Art & Dialogue, Brooklyn, NY
    2012
    Finalist, The 5th annual Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, Atlanta, GA
    Phenomenal Focus Scholarship: Excellence in Photography, SCAD-Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
    Dashboard Co-op Selected Artist, Atlanta, GA
    3rd Place, Nature, Undisturbed, Dogwood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
    2010
    Best Use of Color, My Atlanta, Piedmont Park Conservancy Center, Atlanta, GA
    2009
    Best of Photography, Festival, Creative Arts Guild, Dalton, GA
    2005
    Best of Photography, Festival, Creative Arts Guild, Dalton, GA

    TEACHING AND RELATED EXPERIENCE:
    2016
    Part-time Professor of Fine Arts, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
    2015-16
    Full-time Instructor of Fine Arts, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
    2014-15
    Full-time Instructor of New Media Arts, Kennesaw State University-Marietta Campus, Marietta, GA
    2011-13
    Curatorial Assistant, Modern & Contemporary Art Department, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

    CURATORIAL PROJECTS:
    2017
    Racecar, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA
    2016
    Short Shorts: The Jump Cut, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
    2012
    Alejandro Aguilera: About the Modern Spirit, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
    2011-12
    Kiki Smith: Rituals, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

    CURATORIAL ASSISTANT PROJECTS:
    2013
    Monster Drawing Rally, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
    Drawing Inside the Perimeter, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
    Drawing Instruments: Al Taylor's ‘Bat Part’s’ and ‘Endcuts’, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
    2012
    Rashid Johnson: Message To Our Folks, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
    KAWS: DOWN TIME, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
    Aaron Curry: Wrong Spelled Wrong, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
    Trading Places, Part 1:Selected Works from the Collection of MOCA GA,
    High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
    2011-12
    Sarah Sze: Book of Parts (Centennial), High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
    Aaron Curry: Boo, Deadhead, & Thing, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
    Katharina Grosse, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
    Fast Forward: Modern Moments 1913 >> 2013, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
    Susan Cofer: Draw Near, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
    Picasso to Warhol, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
    2011
    Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

    EXHIBITION JUROR:
    2015
    Bows ArtSS BASH, Sandy Springs, GA
    2013
    Festival, Dalton, GA
    2012
    The N.E.W. Show!, Visual Arts Exchange, Raleigh, NC

    SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
    Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles
    Atlanta Journal & Constitution
    New American Paintings
    Men’s Book Atlanta

    SELECTED COLLECTIONS:
    Lucinda Bunnen, Atlanta, GA
    Fulton County Arts Council, Atlanta, GA
    High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
    Jared Paul Interiors, Atlanta, GA
    Scott Laslie Interior Designs, Atlanta, GA
    Sir Elton John Photography Collection, Atlanta, GA
    Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
    Lily Siegel, Executive Director and Curator of the Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA
    Tavistock Group, LLC, Windermere, FL

    Works held in many private collections throughout the United States.