George Gilmour Members’ Gallery
Alex R.M. Thompson
Variations on Urban Planning
Variations on Urban Planning features print-based work by Alex R.M. Thompson. The work aims to unpack the process of contemporary city building, drawing on the order/disorder of the construction site as its primary motif. The work deconstructs the familiar ubiquity of urban building, removing the necessary (and numerous) instruments of development from their regular contexts and orientations. Presented as a vast network of small components, each piece gestures towards the constant and overwhelming change in the city’s social structure, and the sense of alienation that this state can bring.
Variations on Urban Planning is a monoprint-based installation. Larger plates, bearing scenes of spaces under construction, are fragmented through repeated printing runs with numerous smaller pieces of paper. The small prints are suspended on horizontal strands of aircraft cable, pulled taught, to create a tiled wall of incomplete structural components. Through the use of repeating elements, along with the industrial mode of hanging, Variations interrogates the cycle of development and its impact on the individual.
Alex R.M. Thompson is a Toronto-based artist and printmaker, originally from Brantford, Ontario. He studied printmaking at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, where he was awarded the medal in his program upon graduation. He has exhibited at The Power Plant, Art Toronto, Nuit Blanche, The Artist Project, and Abbozzo Gallery in Toronto, along with Studio Sixty Six in Ottawa and Glenhyrst Art Gallery in Brantford. He also works as a technical assistant in the Printmaking department at OCADU.