Alex R. M. Thompson

View Alex’s original prints in The Feature Gallery Feb. 1 – 25, 2017
 
 
ARTIST STATEMENT
 

Through the use of drawing, copperplate etching, and sculptural installations, the work of Alex R. M. Thompson posits that a degree of how personal identities are formed is filtered through experiences in immediate relationship with our surroundings.

Thompson’s work endeavours to act as a mirror, representing the ever-shifting sense of self that individuals occupy within the urban environment, itself a continuously changing notion. In creating a body of architectural self-portraiture from his own oeuvre of personal knowledge, he uses referents that substitute similar structures within the viewer’s experiences (schools, high-rises, offices,etc.). These spaces are presented as layered, translucent constructs, hanging somewhere between tangible, real-world structures and ethereal representations that house our processes of self-determination.  Thompson’s work serves to influence its immediate surroundings, floating and coalescing in the moment of viewing, before drifting back out of focus.

Thompson’s work seeks to render spaces in a minimalist fashion, using limited colour palette and transparency, which serve to create a neutral space that is open to the influence of the viewers’ memories and experiences. Through the use of detail and delicacy of line, he portrays the ingrained impact that past experience and reaction to spaces has upon consciousness.

In the selection of media,Thompson seeks to evoke the mediums of contemporary institutional architecture, referencing structures we interact with on a daily basis through his use of transparent acrylic, steel cable, mylar, and copperplate etching. Material becomes an essential element of the work, presenting a vision of the contemporary human being as entwined with the materiality of the world in which it dwells, despite the ever-increasing prevalence of digital media in our landscape. His multi-disciplinary work seeks to channel the multiple levels on which architecture functions, and employ those motifs in order to investigate how they influence his own sense of identity.

Education
2009-2013
The Ontario College of Art and Design, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON. Faculty of Printmaking

Awards
2013
OCADU Printmaking Medal.
The Bluma Appel Award
Shortlisted for the BMO 1st Art! invitational competition.

2012
Best Print in Show, Honourable Mention. The Art of the Figure, OCADU, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto ON.
Third Year Printmaking Award, OCADU

2011
Second Year Printmaking Award, OCADU

Solo Shows
2014
Walls and Windows, The Blue Dog. 199 Brant Ave, Brantford. 

2012
The Blue Dog. 199 Brant Ave, Brantford.

2011
The Blue Dog. 199 Brant Ave, Brantford.

Group Exhibitions
2016
Works on Paper. Project Gallery, Toronto. October
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto. July
These may (not) be places. Studio Sixty Six, Ottawa. June-August.
Glenhyrst Art Gallery Biennial Juried Exhibition. Glenhyrst Art Gallery, Brantford. May-July.
Within and Without. Capital One, Toronto. April-May.
Parthenon: Interim. Centre[3], Hamilton. April-May.

2015
Art Toronto. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto. October.
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto. September.
45th Anniversary Exhibition. Open Studio, Toronto. July-August.
Art Builds Artist. Gallery 1313, Toronto. July
Artist Proof Sale. Open Studio, Toronto. November-December.

2014 
No Place. Leaside Public Library, Toronto. December.
The Artist’s Guild Collective Exhibition. J.E.H. MacDonald House, Vaughan. September
Art Spin 5th Annual Exhibition. 108 Vine Avenue, Toronto. June.

2013
Grad Ex, OCAD U graduate exhibition, Toronto ON. May.
Fourteen Forgeries, Gallery 1313, Toronto ON. April.
The Art of the Figure, OCADU, Toronto, ON. March.
Fresh-Faced, Oz Studios, Toronto, ON. February.

2012
War and Peace, juried exhibition at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, 20 Ava Road, Brantford, ON. November- January, 2013.
Down the Rabbit Hole, The Steamwhistle Brewery Gallery, 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto ON. August.
Rock n Roll 4, Oz Studios, 134 Ossington Ave, Toronto ON. April.
OCADU Annual Retrospective, OCADU, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto ON. April.
The Art of the Figure, The Great Hall of OCADU, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto ON. March.
Ethereal Existence, The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto ON.January.

2011
OCADU Annual Retrospective, OCADU, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto ON. April.
Belleville Print Exhibition, John M. Parrott Gallery, 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville, ON. February.
Whodunit?, OCADU, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto ON.

Educational Experience
2016
Class Assistant, Faculty of Printmaking, OCADU, Toronto.

2014
Instructor, dry media workshop, Curry’s Artist Materials, Toronto.

2013
Head Drama Instructor and art workshop leader, Theatre Ancaster’s Stage Two.

2012
Rosin aquatint workshop instructor, OCAD U Intermediate Print Studio. March.

2009-2012
Associate Dance Instructor and art workshop leader, Theatre Ancaster’s Stage Two.

Professional Activities
2016
Artist in residence, Centre[3], Hamilton. March.

2014
Salon Jacques 8. Artist’s talk. Hamilton. August.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Set design. Brantford Collegiate Institute, Brantford.
Dance costume design. For Janelle Beatty of Lisa Naves Dance Company, Simcoe.

2013
Jury member, Faculty of Printmaking. The Art of the Figure. OCADU, Toronto, ON. March.

2011-2014
OCADU Print Portfolio. Submitted a large editionto a portfolio each year listed.

Community Facilitation
2014-2016
Volunteer, Open Studio, Toronto, ON.

2013
First Thursday, Art Gallery of Ontario. Project facilitator. February and September.

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