Thatcher Projects is pleased to announce the opening of Shift an exhibition of new work by Bill Thompson. From curvilinear and cloud-like to pointedly flexed and bowing, Thompson’s colorful structures combine painting and sculpture into a unique minimalist art form.
The sculptures included in Shift begin their lives as solid blocks of urethane foam, which Thompson outlines with sweeping sketches before hand-grinding the pieces into their final eccentric and individual shapes. Shift introduces the newest “species” of Thompson’s work. In striking contrast to the fluid organic forms also exhibited, these (what is Bill calling them?) attempt to stretch the constraints of their material form -- jutting and rising out from the structure in four pointed corners. Each work is given a unique identity both in form and hue, such that no single color is repeated in Thompson’s sculpturally diverse oeuvre of work. With their luscious sheen, these monochromatic sculptures act as unique lenses, engaging and reflecting their surrounding environment.
Shift is Bill Thompson’s first solo exhibition with Thatcher Projects. His sculptures have been internationally collected and exhibited at institutions including the Fogg Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and The New York Public Library, among others. Thompson is also a five-time recipient of the Loft Nota Bene Studio Residency Program in Cadaqués, Spain, and in 2003 was presented with a Mid-career Artist Award by the International Association of Art Critics.