Chris Thompson Greater London, United Kingdom
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Im an artist and curator.

I’m interested in an art mode that offers a means to unpick the cultural and visual systems that enable and empower it- the self-reflective object.

I have a recurring interest in drama, illusion and absurdism. The self-conscious artificiality of these arenas, in tandem to their relationship to power offers a useful route to investigate the inherency, agency and emotional potential of objects, images and signs within cultural cycles and human behaviours. Overblown, clunky and heavy-handed material and aesthetic decisions tend to lend my work a Brechtian sense of detachment for the viewer, and often they seek to emotionally implicate through the act of looking, hopefully offering a means of recalibration for the audience.

Artwork

Spread, Acrylic, Hessian, Expanding Foam, 2016

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Fort, Acrylic, Hessian, Expanding Foam, 2016

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Untitled Doggo (Dry Rot), Latex, Expanding Foam, 2017

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Untitled (Friends), Jesmonite, 2017

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Untitled (Piss), Jesmonite, 2018

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Proposal for a doggo, Collage, 2018

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Previous projects

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Changelings

27/06/2017 to 29/06/2017

VICTORIA ADAM | ELLIE BARRETT | BILLY CROSBY | SESSA ENGLUND | STUART MIDDLETON | CHRIS THOMPSON

In European folklore, a Changeling is a fairy child, left by its otherworldly progenitors to mimic the human child they had stolen, exploiting the parents for one reason or another. In Star Trek, the Changeling is a curmudgeonly Constable...

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Flying Dutchman, London Details

Fatal Attraction

03/08/2018 to 26/08/2018

MATT AGER | BETH COLLAR | SESSA ENGLUND | MILLY PECK | CHRIS THOMPSON | ELLIE BARRETT | BILLY CROSBY | DOIREANN NI GHRIOGHAIR | MICHAEL PYBUS | FELIX TREADWELL

It’s 10,000 BC.

Hunter-Gatherers on the European Ice are carving dolls out of stone, cold and one lost meal away from starvation; flash forward to the 1980s and we’re making...

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Thames Side Studios Gallery, London Details

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14/10/2016 to 16/10/2016

PHILIP BOOTH | VASSILIS CHRISTOFI | HAMISH PEARCH | CHRIS THOMPSON | HANNA UMIN

Safehouse as a building is both physically stripped, and emotionally loaded. In this once domestic Victorian era dwelling, architectural remnants gesture towards the space’s historical usage and to the now fractured narratives of the lives lived inside. The...

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Safehouse 1, London Details