(Image: Adam Douglas Thompson, Untitled, 2011, Digital Video, 6 minute loop; © Adam Douglas Thompson)
Adam Douglas Thompson (b. 1982, New Haven, CT)
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.
Education: M.F.A. Visual Art, Brooklyn College (CUNY), 2008. B.A. Art History, Yale University, 2004.
Adam Douglas Thompson was chosen as a Juried Winner in Round #6 of the 2012 ArtSlant Showcase series.
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