The Dog God Cycle

The Dog God Cycle

  • Artist

    Zac Langdon-Pole

  • Production Date


  • Medium

    recombined jigaw puzzles of: Stephan's Quintet (2022), NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScl Rocky mountain Landscape (1870), Albert Bierstadt

  • Size

    3010 x 3930 x 40 mm

  • Credit

    Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2022

  • Accession Number


  • Accession Date

    05 May 2023

  • Department

    New Zealand Art

  • Classification


  • Collection


  • Description

    '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

Exhibition history