Friday, December 21, 2007

Jon Thompson

Although it's not a very common oeuvre, the artists who do pursue it, seem to do so with relish, adding their own "two cents". The premise of pointillism has always been viable and pertinent, and each new generation finds new angles and new formulas for the equation.
The abstract pointillist image on the right, from the Anthony Reynolds Gallery, really caught my eye. What simplicity; dots and two colors. The choice of those colors actually make it an make it Op Art piece.

You'll find 16 images of the artist's work at the Anthony Reynolds Gallery (click on Artists and then choose Jon Thompson). The first 3 images are the most recent (2007, and not pointillism) and reminded me of some of the geometric work by the Italian artists of roughly the same age. A clue to that might be that he was born in 1936 and attended British Schools in Rome in 1960 - 1962. At the end of the slide show are B&W photographs that are anything BUT what is in your mind right now. Those are from '97 & '98 and provoke quite a few questions, none of which are answered on that site. His biography only lists a date chronology and a few Selected Publications. So there's quite a jump in the mentality here; black and white photography, pointillism and then geometrical line work. It'd be interesting to know what he's looking for or what he's trying to say through these very different oeuvres.

Of the 16 works you can view on his page, 7 of them are the dot paintings done in 2004 and 2005 and the color choices are new and fresh. In two of those paintings there are strange objects that have invaded the picture plain and have so cordially taken their proper places within the format. The paintings now become a sly joke and it makes us reconsider what pointillism is, anyway. The images only enlarge so far, but I swear I see bits of food here.
Yes, this is quite postmodern and a far cry from the pointillism of yore.

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