Insufficient Data for an Image (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.