P. Seth Thompson: The Last One
October 26 to December 30 2013
opening reception: Saturday, October 26, 7pm
artist talk: Saturday, November 9, 2pm
Atlanta-based artist P. Seth Thompson continues his exploration into the world of cinema and television with The Last One, his solo exhibition at Poem 88 from October 26 to December 30. The title is borrowed from the infamous series finale of the television show St. Elsewhere and its subsequent theory about the mind of Tommy Westphall, a fictional character in the series. By emphasizing Westphall's multiverse in the world of television, Thompson shows how the moving image has constructed, altered, and influenced his personal reality.
The Last One will bring to light the vanishing boundary between our world and the cinematic and televised world. Thompson suggests, in the end, we are all Tommy Westphall, constantly searching for truth but never quite getting there. Thompson asserts, “all we have is the world we create in our head, and if that's not reality, then nothing is reality. We are left in a world of our own making and that is perfectly fine with me.”
With influences stemming from quantum physics, cinema, and mythology, Thompson considers the image’s role in the creation of selfhood within the collective consciousness of the imaginary. Thompson’s work is constructed by blending original and appropriated digital imagery to reveal a new, alien aesthetic. His work highlights, as Marshall McLuhan would suggest, the barrage of media imagery that produces a slowly elusive boundary between images and our reality; in this sense, one’s identity is formed, mediated, and constantly compromised in an attempt to alter true selfhood.
P. Seth Thompson was born in Georgia in 1979 and currently lives in Atlanta. He graduated in 2005 from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video. Continuing in his education, he graduated in 2011 from SCAD Atlanta with a Master of Fine Arts in Photography. Since 2011, Thompson works as Curatorial Assistant in the department of Modern & Contemporary Art at the High Museum of Art where he assists on a wide range of solo and thematic exhibitions. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions locally, regionally, and throughout the east coast.