Cheyney Thompson's Chronochrome set 1, 2010

Cheyney Thompson
Chronochrome set 1, 2010

Painting

Oil on canvas

75 x 89.125 in

Unique

$295,045 | Phillips | 2018

Phillips London Estimate £150,000 - 250,000, sold for £225,000 2018-10-05

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Cheyney Thompson’s practice is focused on his investigation into the construction and perception of painting. Seeking to deconstruct and unravel the formal qualities of painting itself, the present work, Chronochrome set 1, belongs to the larger Chronochromes series, within which Thompson engages with the notions of measurement, notation, production and circulation. By equating his painting with a sense of ‘wage labour’, Thompson highlights both the physiological and physical toil made manifest within each fleck of paint, and points, more broadly, to the socio-economic networks which determine the dynamics of the art market and art-production.

Thompson’s work is conceptually anchored in a vast and varied milieu of historical, mathematical and scientific loci. Complex patterns of bright colours are rendered using repetitive and delicate brush-strokes - a technique which makes reference to the quantitative colour system established by the painter and scientist Albert Munsell. At the same time, Chronochrome set 1 is an experiment in abstraction. From a large digital print, Thompson laboriously plots each varying hue - the modified value of each colour is completed in accordance with the hours of a working day: black signifies midnight, whilst white denotes midday. There is, therefore, a psychological dimension to Thompson’s colour-diagram. The hiatuses and fading gradients represent the natural diversions, departures and lethargy which impacted upon Thompson’s artistic process; Chronochrome set 1 thus ‘performs’ its own materiality.

Thompson’s oeuvre can be identified as part of what the art critic David Joselit terms ‘transitive’ painting (David Joselit, ‘Painting Beside Itself’, October Magazine: MIT Press, Issue 130, Fall 2009, p. 128). ‘Transitivity’, here, refers to the artwork’s capacity to ‘hold in suspension the passages internal to a canvas, and those external to it’ – a concept which is central to Thompson’s artistic practice (David Joselit, ‘Painting Beside Itself’, October Magazine: MIT Press, Issue 130, Fall 2009, p. 129). Each work articulates a wealth of internal information and, simultaneously, the external stimuli - historical references and conventions of display - implicit within the artwork’s construction.

Currently held in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York - Thompson’s painted and installation works present a ceaseless challenge to the prevailing categories, and very concept, of ‘art’.

Phillips London Estimate £150,000 - 250,000, sold for £225,000 2018-10-05

www.phillips.com/detail/CHEYNEY-THOMPSON/UK010618…

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