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Adam Douglas Thompson

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New Haven, CT

Birth year

Lives in
Brooklyn, New York

Works in
Brooklyn, New York


Yale University, 2004, BA
Brooklyn College, 2008, MFA

conceptual, digital, surrealism, video-art

Current Exhibitions and Events
Jun, 2014 Videorover: Season 8
NURTUREart Gallery



My current project involves the creation thousands of drawings. The drawings serve as a streamlined system for exploring an endless number of visual possibilities. I work within a consistent, pre-determined framework: a uniform format (8.5 x 11 inch sheets of paper), a single tool (a mechanical pencil), and a linear pictorial language that involves no modeling or color. Within these austere boundaries, I try to create a maximal diversity of ideas. The resulting archive is an idiosyncratic assortment of corny jokes, visual puns, puzzling abstractions, art history references, weird juxtapositions - mixed-up half-sense of all sorts. New drawings lead to new questions, absurdities lead to more absurdities: Can I draw an impressionist landscape with straight lines? Can a landscape be funny? Can a drawing be so funny it is boring? Can I draw something that sums up the last ten drawings? It is a vertiginous process that, once set in motion, is hard to stop. 



Adam Douglas Thompson received his BA in Art History from Yale University in 2004, and his MFA in Visual Art from Brooklyn College in 2008.  He has exhibited his work at Regina Rex Gallery, Sara Meltzer Gallery/Projects, Thomas Jaeckel Gallery, Pratt Institute, Centotto Gallery, and Studio 10 Gallery, among other venues. In 2010, a book of 100 of Thompson's drawings was published by Regency Arts Press, Ltd.  His work has appeared in The Believer Magazine, Electric Literature, and other publications.  Thompson regularly contributes art criticism to Art Papers magazine.  Adam lives in Brooklyn with his wife, writer Helen Phillips.



M.F.A. Visual Art, Brooklyn College (CUNY)
B.A. Art History, Yale University


Adam Thompson, #1359-#1458. New York: Regecy Arts Press, 2010. Print.
Fattaruso, Paul, and Adam Thompson. Bicycle. New York: Hotel St. George Press, 2008. Print

Selected Exhibitions and Projects:

Pratt Foundation Faculty Exhibition, The Rubelle and Norman Schafler Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Intramurals, AFA Gallery, Scranton, PA
Drawings for The Believer 10, no. 2 (2012): 15, 27, 28, 48, 56, 60.
Copia Cartacea, Studio 10/Centotto, Brooklyn, NY
Entanglement, Regina Rex Gallery and Art Blog Art Blog, New York, NY
Copia Cartacea, Centotto, Brooklyn, NY
Nautical Notes: Mari, Navi e Naufragi, Centotto, Brooklyn, NY
Liminal Steps, Non Profit Finance Fund, New York, NY
#1359-#1458, Sara Meltzer Gallery/Projects, New York, NY
Collaboration with author Rick Moody - Electric Literature: Single Sentence Animation
Drawings for Electric Literature, no. 3 (2010): 1, 9, 15, 34, 47, 65, 87, 109, 113, 114, 118
Collaborative Forgeries, or Forged Collaborations, Centotto, Brooklyn, NY
See, Also, Central Booking, Brooklyn, NY
Black Thursday Halloween City!!! Black Friday Fireworks Stand, 1717 Troutman, Queens, NY
Paper in the Wind 3, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York, NY
Recess, Crossing Art, Flushing, NY
Castle of No, performance piece, Little Theater series at Dixon Place, New York, NY
Intus Tensio, or Appropriated Special, Centotto, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn College MFA Thesis Exhibition, at NYCAMS New York, NY
Entanglement is Good, Entanglement is Great, Centotto, Brooklyn, NY
Mostra Inaugurale, Centotto, Brooklyn, NY
Home, Hotel St. George Press, online gallery
The Seven Stages of Global Catastrophe, collaboration with Helen Phillips, Little Theater series at Dixon Place, New York, NY
The Morton Umbrella Girl, collaboration with Helen Phillips, Little Theater series at Tonic, New York, NY
Too Close to Home, 510 Halsey Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

Selected Art Criticism:

Review of Matthew Northridge, Art Papers 36, no. 1 (2012): 58
Review of The Chadwicks, Art Papers 35, no. 4 (2011): 64.
Review of Liam Gillick, Art Papers 34, no. 4 (2010): 62.
Review of Katrin Sigurdardottir, Art Papers 33, no. 4 (2009): 62.
Review of Brian Lund, Art Papers 33, no. 3 (2009): 63.
Review of Eunice Kim, Art Papers 33, no. 1 (2009): 62.
Review of Jackie Gendel, Art Papers 32, no. 6 (2008): 68.
Review of Marcel Dzama, Art Papers 32, no. 4 (2008): 66.
Review of Enantiomorphic Chamber, Art Notes 20 (2008): 65.
Review of Michael Schall and Jonathan Schipper, The Brooklyn Rail, April 2007.
Review of Lynda Benglis + Louise Bourgeois, Art Papers 31, no. 6 (2007): 73.
Review of Jonathan Meese and Tal R, Art Papers 31, no. 3 (2007), 70.
Review of Doug Aiken, Art Papers 31, no. 3 (2007) 69.
Review of Adam McEwen, Art Papers 31, no. 1, (2007) 63-64.
Review of Catherine Opie, Art Papers 30, no. 6, (2006) 64.
Review of Matthew Higgs, Art Papers 30, no. 5, (2006) 60.
Review of Pepon Osorio, Art Papers 30, no. 2, (2006) 64.


Memory Palace, Brooklyn College MFA Thesis Exhibition, Flux Factory, Queens, NY
Brooklyn College, College Art Association NY Area MFA Exhibition, Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, New York, NY


Adjunct Lecturer of Fine Art (Painting), Laguardia Community College, Queens, NY
Adjunct Lecturer of Fine Art (Basic Design), Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY
Adjunct Lecturer of Fine Art (BFA Senior Thesis Seminar), Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY
Adjunct Lecturer of Fine Art (MFA Teaching Internship), Brooklyn College, Brooklyn NY
2009, 2010
Visiting Instructor of Fine Arts (Light, Color and Design) Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Recent Exhibits

Adam Douglas Thompson participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2014 Videorover: Season 8 (Part 1)
NURTUREart Gallery
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NURTUREart Gallery

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