Bill Thompson’s 2007 exhibition, Dialects, at Barbara Krakow Gallery laid the groundwork for the next six years of work. Since that time, Thompson has developed and presented a wide variety of new sculptural forms in solo exhibitions in Australia, Germany, Korea, New York, Spain and Switzerland. The artist is thrilled to be exhibiting in his hometown once again, and Barbara Krakow Gallery is pleased to announce our fourth solo exhibition with him.
The new body of work continues Thompson’s exploration of curvilinear forms coated with highly saturated automotive urethane. While he has always regarded his paintings as ‘objects’, it’s only during the past few years that the work has migrated decisively into the realm of sculpture. Initially, the forms that Thompson carved served as activated supports for paint/color now, his sculpted blocks dictate and inspire the color selection. Although they are drawn, sculpted, sanded and spray-coated by the artist himself, the end results reveal themselves to be independent, polished beings self-sufficient objects that alter and enhance one’s experience in an architectural space. In his most recent work, Thompson has designed the forms to appear as though they emerge from the wall or are bursting/squeezing out from a corner the inference being that we are seeing only a small portion of a massive organic and mysterious entity. As with the earlier works, this is an interactive game one in which the artist invites the audience into his world, and at the same time (and perhaps more forcefully), launches his creations out into our reality with the goal of instigating a lively and passionate conversation.
The exhibition opens on September 10, 2013, and a reception with the artist will be held on September 21st from 3-5pm.