Zac Langdon-Pole

The Dog God Cycle

The Dog God Cycle by Zac Langdon-Pole

Artwork Detail

'The Dog God Cycle', 2022 comes from a suite of large-scale jigsaw puzzles made up of more than 128,000 individual pieces that were exhibited in Zac Langdon-Pole’s 2022 exhibition Porous World. This immense work is a composite image made from combining 19th-century Romantic landscape paintings with the latest images from NASA’s Hubble and James Webb space telescopes. Langdon-Pole employs what he calls ‘ghost templates’ to focus our attention on how we comprehend images. Inspired by the figure–ground picture problems used in psychology, Langdon-Pole’s ‘ghost templates’ co-opt their confusion of subject so that viewers find themselves questioning what they are looking at, as well as how they perceive and understand the world.

– Natasha Conland, Senior Curator, Global Contempoary Art, 2023

Title
The Dog God Cycle
Artist/creator
Zac Langdon-Pole
Production date
2022
Medium
recombined jigaw puzzles of: Stephan's Quintet (2022), NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScl Rocky mountain Landscape (1870), Albert Bierstadt
Dimensions
3010 x 3930 x 40 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2022
Accession no
C2022/1/20/3.1-4
Copyright
Permission to be gained
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
On display

To find out which artworks are available for print requests and reproduction please enquire here. This service only applies to select artworks in the Gallery's collection.