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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



 The modern, digitally literate mind processes images with staggering speed. Having lost our willingness to stare endlessly at a single image, meditating upon its opaque mysteries, we instead extract meaning from a picture in a tiny moment of intense attention, and then move on. My work aims to dramatize a tension between visual specificity and visual overload. I generate thousands of images, in a variety of media and formats, each of which attempts to crystalize a surprising or absurd visual idea. 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.  By stringing these ideas together into slideshows and movies, an elevated level of attention is demanded from from the viewer. The abrupt transitions from image to image push the boundaries of sense, forcing the mind to fill in the visual and conceptual gaps. A huge range of visual and conceptual concerns move through the work (randomness v. order, images v. language, ideality v. reality, excitement v. banality, society v. the individual, ), but are always addressed in a loose, freewheeling fashion that allows for constant revision and reinvention.


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 Nurture Art, Lesley Heller Workspace, Auxiliary Projects, 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.




68 Stratford Rd, Apt. 2

Brooklyn, NY 11218

cell: (207)-749-4181



2008 MFA, Visual Art, Brooklyn College (CUNY), Brooklyn, NY

2004 BA, Art History, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2006 School of Visual Arts (visual arts courses)



2010 Adam Thompson, #1359-#1458. New York: Regecy Arts Press, 2010. Print.

2008 Paul Fattaruso and Adam Thompson, Bicycle. New York: Hotel St. George Press, 2008. Print.


Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions and Projects:

2013 Auxiliary Projects at Untitled Fair/Art Basel, Miami, FL (Omar Lopez-Chahoud, curator)

2013 Adam Thompson: From the Desk of Adam Thompson, Auxiliary Projects, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Adam Thompson: Labyrinth, The Drawing Center, Online Animation Exhibition Series, New York, NY

2010 #1359-#1458, Sara Meltzer Gallery/Projects, New York, NY


Selected Group Exhibitions and Projects:

2014 Dark Map, Lesley Heller Gallery, New York, NY (upcoming)

2014 Videorover 8, Nurture Art, Brooklyn, NY­

2013 Drawing Connections, The Mills Galler­y, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA (James Hull, curator)
2013 Space/Time, Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, NY

2012 Pratt Foundation Faculty Exhibition, The Rubelle and Norman Schafler Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2012 Drawings for The Believer 10, no. 2 (2012): 15, 27, 28, 48, 56, 60.

2012 Intramurals, AFA gallery, Scranton, PA

2011 Copia Cartacea, Studio 10/Centotto, Brooklyn,­ NY

2011 Entanglement, Regina Rex Gallery and Art Blog Art Blog, New York, NY

2011 Copia Cartacea, Centotto, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Nautical Notes: Mari, Navi e Naufragi, Centotto, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Liminal Steps, Non-Profit Finance Fund, New York, NY

2010 Collaboration with author Rick Moody - Electric Literature: Single Sentence Animation

2010 Drawings for Electric Literature, no. 3 (2010): 1, 9, 15, 34, 47, 65, 87, 109, 113, 114, 118

2010 Collaborative Forgeries, or Forged Collaborations, Centotto, Brooklyn, NY

2010 See, Also, Central Booking, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Black Thursday Halloween City!!! Black Friday Fireworks Stand, 1717 Troutman, Queens, NY

2009 Paper in the Wind 3, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York, NY (David Gibson, curator)

2009 Recess, Crossing Art, Flushing, NY (Jennifer Junkermeier, curator)

2009 Castle of No, performance piece, Little Theater series at Dixon Place, New York, NY

2009 Intus Tensio, or Appropriated Special, Centotto, Brooklyn, NY

2008 Brooklyn College MFA Thesis Exhibition, at NYCAMS New York, NY

2008 Entanglement is Good, Entanglement is Great, Centotto, Brooklyn, NY

2008 Mostra Inaugurale, Centotto, Brooklyn, NY

2007 The Seven Stages of Global Catastrophe, collaborative performance piece, Little Theater series at Dixon Place, New York, NY

2007 The Morton Umbrella Girl, performance piece, Little Theater series at Tonic, New York, NY

2006 Too Close to Home, 510 Halsey Art Space, Brooklyn, NY



2007 Nomination, Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant

2007 Graduate Investment Program Travel Grant, Brooklyn College

2007 Graduate Investment Program Research Grant, Brooklyn College

2007 Walter Cerf Award for Artistic Excellence, Brooklyn College

2007 Graduate Investment Program Research Grant, Brooklyn College



Panero, James, “The Miami Fairs,” The New Criterion, Jan. 2014

Kimball, Whitney, “In Miami, UNTITLED's a Quiet Contender,” ArtFCity, Dec. 7, 2013

Colucci, Emily, “Here's Who'll Be Reppin' Brooklyn and LES at Miami Art Week,” Bedford+Bowery, Dec. 3, 2013

Colucci, Emily, “5 Newcomer Artists Debuting at Miami to Watch,” Societe Perrier, Nov. 21, 2013

Levy, Lisa, “Dr. Lisa in Miami: Bushwick is Doing Alright!,” Bushwick Daily, Dec. 12, 2013

Christoph, Sara, “Beat Nite: the boisterous side of the Bushwick art scene” Norte Maar, Feb. 21, 2013

Galgiani, Allison, “Just Beat It: How was the great gallery nite in Bushwick?,” Bushwick Daily, Feb. 20, 2013

Varno, David, “Bicycle by Paul Fattaruso,” Bookslut, April, 2008


Selected Art Criticism:

2012 Review of Matthew Northridge, Art Papers 36, no. 1 (2012): 58.

2011 Review of The Chadwicks, Art Papers 35, no. 4 (2011): 64.

2010 Review of Liam Gillick, Art Papers 34, no. 4 (2010): 62.

2009 Review of Katrin Sigurdardottir, Art Papers 33, no. 4 (2009): 62.

2009 Review of Brian Lund, Art Papers 33, no. 3 (2009): 63.

2009 Review of Eunice Kim, Art Papers 33, no. 1 (2009): 62.

2008 Review of Jackie Gendel, Art Papers 32, no. 6 (2008): 68.

2008 Review of Marcel Dzama, Art Papers 32, no. 4 (2008): 66.

2008 Review of Enantiomorphic Chamber, Art Notes 20 (2008): 65.

2007 Review of Michael Schall and Jonathan Schipper, The Brooklyn Rail, April 2007.

2007 Review of Lynda Benglis + Louise Bourgeois, Art Papers 31, no. 6 (2007): 73.

2007 Review of Jonathan Meese and Tal R, Art Papers 31, no. 3 (2007), 70.

2007 Review of Doug Aiken, Art Papers 31, no. 3 (2007) 69.

2007 Review of Adam McEwen, Art Papers 31, no. 1, (2007) 63-64.

2006 Review of Catherine Opie, Art Papers 30, no. 6, (2006) 64.

2006 Review of Matthew Higgs, Art Papers 30, no. 5, (2006) 60.

2006 Review of Pepon Osorio, Art Papers 30, no. 2, (2006) 64.



2011 Memory Palace, Brooklyn College MFA Thesis Exhibition, Flux Factory, Queens, NY

2011 Brooklyn College, College Art Association NY Area MFA Exhibition, Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, New York, NY



2008 – 14 Adjunct Lecturer of Fine Art (Basic Design), Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY

2008 – 13 Adjunct Lecturer of Fine Art (BFA Senior Thesis Seminar), Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY

2008 – 13 Adjunct Lecturer of Fine Art (MFA Teaching Internship), Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY

2012 Adjunct Lecturer of Fine Art (Beginning Painting), LaGuardia Community College, Queens, NY

2012 – 13 Visiting Instructor of Fine Arts (Light, Color and Design) Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

2010 Visiting Instructor of Fine Arts (Light, Color and Design) Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Visiting Instructor of Fine Arts (Light, Color and Design) Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

















Recent Exhibits

Adam Douglas Thompson participated in these exhibits:

Dec, 2014 ArtSlant Prize Exhibition 2014
Aqua Art Miami
Nov, 2014 6th Cairo Video Festival 2014
Gezira Art Center Cairo, Egypt
Nov, 2014 6th Cairo Video Festival
Medrar for Contemporary Art
Jun, 2014 Videorover: Season 8
NURTUREart Gallery
Jun, 2014 Videorover: Season 8 (Part 1)
NURTUREart Gallery

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