Portfolio > Insufficient Data for an Image (2017)

Skeleton in the Closet
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
19 x 13 in.
2016
I Want to Belie(b)e
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
13 x 19 in.
2016
World War II: Electric Boogaloo
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
12 x 42 in.
2016
Memory Recall
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
19 x 13 in.
2016
Malfunction. Need Input
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
20 x 16 in.
2016
The End of Innocence (Rebecca Shaeffer's Murder)
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
35 x 24 in.
2016
Woman Against Woman, or Hollywood's Version of it
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
16 x 24 in.
2017
Insufficient Data for an Image
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
24 x 36 in.
2017
The One-eyed Man in King
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
19 x 13 in.
2017
Maybe it was Flavor-Aid
Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond
15 x 18 in
2017

This exhibition dissects notions of truth as they are mediated through the veil of mass media. Borrowing the title from a computer error message in which "... the contents may appear blurred, or not display at all," the new work highlights how images systemically shape our culture's ideology into one of divisiveness and power.

Through the use of blocking, deleting, and revealing tools in Adobe Photoshop, Thompson shows the photograph as a commodified symbol of desire that can be easily altered to control belief, experience, and communication. The selected references - Michael Jordan, Donald Trump, the Jonestown Massacre, Rebecca Shaeffer's murder, Travis Walton's abduction - offer a subversive glimpse into capitalist notions of what theorist Guy Debord states as the "spectacle" in which we become passive spectators to the overwhelming influence of consumer society.

Thus, we shift into an era where objective reasoning is overshadowed by "alternative facts," and we slowly begin to understand that the answer to any question leaves us with insufficient data.