Mungo Thomson


Mungo Thomson

Thomson’s ‘Pocket Universe’ & Horochowski’s ‘Vortex Drawings’ reviewed in Mar/April issue of Art in Print

Highpoint is excited to share two reviews of Highpoint Editions publications in the recent issue of Art in Print, a printmaking journal that offers important and timely writing on art and prints by an international array of curators and critics, artists and scholars. Both Mungo Thomson’s Pocket Universe series and Alexa Horochowski’s Vortex Drawings were featured.

Writer Susan Tallman mused about the Vortex Drawing creative process, saying, “the history of printmaking is also littered with malleable matrices…Alexa Horochowski’s Vortex Drawings operate within that tradition, but with a cacophonous twist.”

Curator and writer Benjamin Levy of the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle unpacked the cultural and artistic references of Mungo Thomson’s Pocket Universe series, saying, “The carving, molding and casting of coin production has, of course, many parallels with the reversals and impressions of printmaking.”

Read Benjamin Levy’s review of Mungo Thomson’s Pocket Universe here.

Read Susan Tallman’s review of Alexa Horochowski’s Vortex Drawings here. 

Check out Art in Print’s latest issue: http://artinprint.org/

Mungo Thomson’s Pocket Universe


In Mungo Thomson’s latest collaboration with Highpoint Editions, Pocket Universe, the Los Angeles-based conceptual artist focuses on the overlooked and the everyday, and invites the viewer to contemplate what is hiding in plain sight.

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Pocket Universe is a series of unique blind embossed artworks created by running Thomson’s pocket change through a printing press with aluminum or copper foil. Printed in collaboration with Master Printer Cole Rogers and Highpoint staff, their reflective surfaces are pristine, making visible every detail of each coin in the fragile foil. The work is the result of pairing two materials close at hand — embossing foil, commonly used in printmaking to achieve metallic effects, and loose coins. The configuration of coins in each artwork is the result of the artist placing the coins in his pocket onto the press bed. The resulting chance-based reliefs call to mind constellations, arrays of planets, or craters in lunar surfaces, whose positioning and movement in outer space are determined by innumerable forces. Even the spaces between the coins become shiny, flawless expanses that are strictly bound by their surrounding constellation.


*Pictured above: Pocket Universe #8 (Copper) Pocket Universe #6 (Silver)

Mungo Thomson Chosen to Design New LA Metro Station

A panel of nationally recognized curators, local arts professionals and community members from the Regional Connector project area in downtown Los Angeles has selected seven artists to create site-specific, integrated artworks for the Regional Connector project. Highpoint Editions artist Mungo Thomson was chosen to work on the 2nd Place/Hope Street Station.

The artist selection panel carefully considered each artist’s professional qualifications and examples of past work in its decision-making. Panelists included Charles Gaines, artist; Leslie Ito, President and CEO, Japanese American Community Cultural Center; Renée Petropoulos, artist; Ed Schad, Assistant Curator, Broad Art Foundation, and; Lanka Tattersall, Assistant Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

“I am really excited about how selected artists engaged most deeply with their specific sites. I think their projects will be a great contribution to the city’s culture and I look forward to experiencing them,” said Lanka Tattersall, Assistant Curator with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and a member of the artist selection panel.

To read more about the project, click here.

Above: Map of the Regional Connector Transit Project, illustrating Mungo Thomson’s projected artwork site, the new 2nd Place/Hope Street Station.

Mungo Thomson in LACMA’s exhibition, “L.A. Exuberance”

Highpoint Editions artist Mungo Thomson’s artwork is included in the exhibition L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), on view October 30, 2016–April 2, 2017. The exhibition features a selection of works given to the museum for its 50th anniversary as part of an unprecedented campaign led by artist Catherine Opie. The exhibition includes gifts from Opie, Larry Bell, Tacita Dean, Charles Gaines, Friedrich Kunath, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Analia Saban, Mario Ybarra Jr., and others, with a spotlight on the generosity of John Baldessari, who has made numerous gifts of his own work as well as pieces by other artists, including work by Highpoint Artist Mungo Thomson. L.A. Exuberance displays over 60 objects including painting, photography, drawing, prints, sculptures, mixed media installations, and time based media, and is curated by Rita Gonzalez, curator and acting department head of contemporary art, with Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director.

To read more about the exhibition, click here.

Above: Portrait of Mungo Thomson | Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Highpoint Editions @ E/AB Fair 2016

Highpoint is excited to return to the Editions/ Artists’ Books Fair (E/AB) during New York City’s Print Week, November 3-6, 2016. E/AB Fair will be held at The Tunnel in the heart of NYC’s vibrant arts district, Chelsea. An innovative and highly-respected fair, the rare combination of artists, printers, publishers and dealers that make up the 50 international exhibitors makes this fair impossible to miss. Highpoint will feature our latest collaborations with Mungo Thomson, Jim Hodges, Alexa Horochowski, & Todd Norsten, among others.

The Tunnel
269 11th Avenue
(bet. 27th and 28th Streets)

Dates and Times:
Thursday, 11/3, 6 -9pm  -  First View opening (purchase tickets here)
Friday, 11/4, 11am – 7pm FREE
Saturday, 11/5, 11am – 7pm FREE
Sunday, 11/6, 11am – 5pm FREE

See the E/AB Fair press release here.


The Forest and Human Behavior

Highpoint Editions announces the release of two new prints resulting from a recent collaboration with Los Angeles-based artist Mungo Thomson. Thomson’s work is deeply rooted in the legacy of Conceptual art and often employs a strong connection between language and image. His latest project with highpoint is no exception. Based on Time-Life® books, a popular series of general interest volumes published in the sixties and seventies, the prints focus on two subject areas within the series: Human Behavior (published in 1976) and the Nature Library (published in 1961).


In The Forest and Human Behavior two large screenprints are conceived by the artist as a pair meant to immerse the viewer in the contrast between wilderness and civilization. In Human Behavior, the books’ spines create a dense barrier, while The Forest seems enterable, like a door or window into the natural world. Thomson’s fascination with Time-Life® books, which he regards as a type of proto-internet (a readily available source of a great deal of information) has inspired much of his recent work in other media.

About the Artist

Mungo Thomson has had solo projects and performances at ArtPace, San Antonio (2014); SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe (2013); The Times Museum, Guangzhou, China (2013); The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2012); The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2008); The Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France (2007); and Galeria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAMeC), Bergamo, Italy (2006), among others.

His work was included in The 2nd CAFAM Biennale, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China (2014); The Pacific Standard Time Public Art and Performance Festival, Los Angeles, USA (2012); Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), Istanbul, Turkey (2011); Compilation IV, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany (2009); The 2008 Whitney Biennial (2008); PERFORMA05 (2005), and The 9th Biennial of the Moving Image, MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland (2001).

Thomson’s work is held in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and FRAC Ile-de-France, Paris, France, among others. He is based in Los Angeles.

Learn more about Thomson on his website.