The wall sculptures that constitute Swell\, Bill Thompson’s second solo exhibition at Thatcher Projec ts\, reflect and absorb\, shifting and growing as one moves around them. Solid objects not content with being static\, their gleaming\, pearl escent surfaces absorb the room they inhabit\, reflecting back the space in their warped\, monochromatic surfaces. The installation provides the viewe r a unique\, visual experience of mutating form and color as one moves abou t.

Bill Thompson’s elaborate process begins wit h a flat shape drawn directly onto a rigid polyurethane block. The drawing is refined and later transformed with saws\, grinders and sanders\, into a 3-dimensional object. Thompson hand-finishes and coats each in custom mixed automotive paints\, spraying multiple coats of primer\, color\, and clear urethane. Each finished piece requires fifteen to twenty coats. His persona l involvement in the entire process and creation of these works elevate the m to elegant objects that look neither hand nor machine made\, but rather\, are subtle entities in their own right.

Committed to “finding t he most reductive manner in which to make a visual statement”\, works such as Matador\, Corpus and Creeper build upon Bill Thompson’s earlier pieces with a full embrace of forms tha t are sculpted and organic. In these newest works\, Thompson creates sheer edges that tightly hug the wall\, and emerge from it\, their reflective\, r ichly colored surfaces radiating seductively.

Bill Thomp son was born in Ipswich\, MA\, and currently lives and works in Bo ston\, MA. His works have been widely exhibited nationally and internationa lly at institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts\, Boston\; the Institut e for Contemporary Art at MECA\, Portland\; the List Visual Art Center\, M. I.T\, Cambridge\; The New York Public Library\; and the Song-Eun Art and Cu ltural Foundation\, Korea\, among others.  Thompson’s exhibitions have been reviewed in Art in America\, The Korea Times and\, among others.  T his exhibition has been selected by Modern Painters as one of the 100 Fall Shows to See Around the World.

LOCATION:Margaret Thatcher Projects\,539 West 23rd Street \nNew York\, NY 1 0011 SUMMARY: Swell\, Bill Thompson END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR