Jeff Thompson Slough of Despond
Opening Reception, May 06, 2023
Closing Reception, May 27, 2023
"In 2021, I experienced for the first time a true creative block, which ended up lasting almost two years. During this time, there were lots of failed starts and periods where no ideas came, and at times I thought art might be gone from my life for good. John Bunyan’s 1678 book The Pilgrim’s Progress describes the allegorical Slough of Despond, a deep bog that “cannot be mended” and where “fears, and doubts, and discouraging apprehensions, which all of them get together, and settle in this place.” The work I had made, and the experience of not being able to make anything, felt like Bunyan’s swamp.
Jeff Thompson (b. 1982, Minneapolis/USA) is an artist, programmer, and educator based in the NYC area. Thompson has exhibited his work internationally at venues including SPACES, Locust Projects, Grizzly Grizzly, Unrequited Leisure, Vector Festival, Onomatopee, Tufts University, Fridman Gallery, Somerset House, Drugo-more, Salzburger Kunstverein, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.