Thomson & Craighead
Carroll / Fletcher, London, B20
Thomson & Craighead work across video, sculpture and the Internet. Their appropriation of images and data from online sources forms the basis of pieces that examine changing socio-political structures beyond the World Wide Web. Technology is a prism used to ask questions about what it means to be human today.
For Frame, Carroll / Fletcher presents a selection of recent artworks by Thomson & Craighead that tackle subjects as varied as meme politics, the self-help industry, and the ever-more relevant notion of an impending apocalypse. The artists’ dry humour and global purview runs throughout pieces that use diverse media in innovative ways, from webcams stationed across every time zone, to a perfume that literally smells of End Times. Their work unpicks the contemporary condition, informed by personal angst and political fallacies that reverberate across the web.
Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead (b. 1969 and 1971, both UK) live and work between London and the Scottish Highlands. Solo shows include "Wake Me Up When It's Over", Young Projects, Los Angeles (2017); "Party Booby Trap", Carroll / Fletcher, London, UK (2016); "Maps DNA and Spam", Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, UK (2014); "Not Even the Sky", MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen, Germany; and "Never Odd or Even", Carroll / Fletcher, London, UK (both 2013).