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June 2014
Vol. 33 No. 5

A publication of the
International Sculpture Center
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The Object of Painting:
A Conversation with Bill Thompson
by Christopher Hart Chambers
Bill ThompsonBill Thompson’s aquiline sculptures are meticulously executed: simple abstract shapes carved in rigid polyurethane foam coated and recoated with resin, sanded until pristine, then painted monochromatically in var­ious shiny colors. This painstaking craftsmanship also carries over into elements never seen by viewers, including the belabored hanging mech­anisms mounting the pieces to the wall and the custom transport/storage boxes made for each individual work. All of these elements—seen and unseen—reflect Thompson’s obsessive manner and cobbler-like approach to making things by hand, and making them well. To this com­mitment, he adds a visionary sensibility. His old-school respect for materials and the pleasure that he takes in patient handicraft might seem at odds with his futuristic vision, yet his work represents a seamless coupling of inspiration and perspiration, to the benefit of viewers. ...see the entire article in the print version of June's Sculpture magazine.

Slider, 2012. Urethane on polyurethane block, 90 x 38 x 17 cm.


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