Pandemic is very pleased to present a solo exhibition, featuring the work of Brooklyn based artist Giles Thompson.
Inspired and formed from his love for abstract impressionism and other classic painting styles, Thompson’s paintings push beyond the boundaries of normal artistic process and brings us into his somewhat warped world, full of juxtaposition and mystique. His spontaneous, seemingly simplistic painting style is as intense as the branded logos he implants into his pieces. He shows us a method stemming from cut and paste, but produced on a much larger scale. Appropriating well known pop iconography as well as other various invasive imagery, he mixes in his raw, unrefined painting style. Spastic lines with gargantuan brush strokes, relentless color formations and seemingly random patterns all come full circle and become clear the more you stare.
Thompson’s work is a kind of visual commentary of the effects generated from the presence of the constant visual bombardment of advertisements and logos that are absorbed into our subconscious on a daily basis. His basic manipulation of these images paired with his loose, abnormally chaotic painting style makes the imagery take on new meanings and uncover new questions. Challenging the aesthetic of consumerism and arousing emotion in how we live our day to day lives. Vividly colorful, overflowing with cultural references and also involving the negation of imagery in a style all his own is the soapbox on which Giles’ stands. The playfulness in his work is as charming as the intended ambiguity, he plays the roll of visual dictator over what he sees as beauty in this world. He challenges the viewer as he reconfigures the known, infuses the unknown and revels in creating a new presence, a new exposure to an unseen environment.
Giles Thompson, born in 1977, grew up in Oneida New York and received his BFA at the university of Colorado, he currently resides in Brooklyn.