ArtSlant Prize Exhibitions presents Adam Douglas Thompson, Loose Ends. Thompson is a visual artist and critic living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He received a BA in Art History from Yale and an MFA from CUNY. He has exhibited with Auxillary Projects and was their featured solo artist at UNTITLED. Art Fair in Miami in 2013. He has also exhibited with Regina Rex, The Drawing Center, Sara Meltzer Gallery, and others.
Loose Ends consists of a 45 foot long scroll of minimal line drawings that, through proximity attain meaning. Using humor as an interrogative approach, White Woods, presents a visual narrative that exemplifies the conceptual process of reading the visual world. This exhibition also includes six stills from Thompson's recent video work, An Education, 2013.
Though my work takes a variety of forms (including collages, videos, and installations), the central thread is line drawing. Over the past several years, I have developed an archive of thousands of drawings, using a non-varying format and uniform line weight, and employing no color or shading. The sobriety of this Apollonian aesthetic gives way to a kaleidoscopic menagerie of imagery – weird juxtapositions, corny jokes, visual puns, art history references, puzzling abstractions, mixed-up half-sense of all sorts. The unity and simplicity of the diagrammatic language implies a continuity among the heterogenous content, eroding distinctions between real and imaginary, clever and dumb, conceptual and illustrative, high-brow and accessible, masterful and ham-fisted, etc. A lexicon of visual thought emerges out of this archive, a vocabulary I use to create larger narratives by stringing individual images together into slideshows and movies, and by orchestrating them into large, complex installations. 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 themes runs through the work, but they are addressed in a loose, freewheeling fashion that allows for constant revision and reinvention.
ArtSlant is proud to present Adam Douglas Thompson, Loose Ends at 202 S State ST in the Chicago Loop. Loose Ends is made possible through assistance from Pop-Up Art Loop.